Planting a new tree can be an exciting and meaningful experience. You are adding something to your landscape that will contribute beauty, value, and eventually much needed shade! It may sound simple but when you actually dive into the details, tree planting can become quite complicated. There are so many important factors to consider if you want to plant a tree that will last long into the future.
THE BEST SEASON FOR TREE PLANTING
When most people think of planting, they immediately think of Springtime! Everything is coming back to life and the weather is warming up. However, it might surprise you to know that autumn is actually a better season for planting trees.
Trees enter a period of dormancy during the winter when it becomes cold. Energy and nutrients that are usually allocated to leaves and branches are redirected into the tree roots instead. This is especially true when it comes to deciduous trees that drop their leaves in the fall. The root system then becomes stronger and more established due to the influx of resources. As a result, it is easier for the tree to adjust in the new soil and surroundings. After developing a robust foundation all winter, the tree is now better prepared to flourish when spring arrives.
In contrast, roots struggle more with transplant when the tree is planted in spring. During that time of year energy and nutrients are focused on promoting the growth of leaves and branches. A few short months later in the summer, the tree may not be prepared for the scorching heat and drought. The roots haven’t yet had enough time to adjust to the change in water and soil conditions.
CHOOSING THE BEST LOCATION & SPECIES OF TREE
In tree service we see endless cases of the wrong tree being planted in the wrong location. They are always planted with the best intentions, but as the tree becomes larger many issues arise. Most commonly, there is simply not enough room for the tree to grow and expand in the selected location. The tree may start to encroach on nearby buildings or utility lines. Pruning and maintenance can sometimes help in these situations. However, tree removal is ultimately needed to avoid future property damage.
Certain species of tree have highly invasive root systems. When planted too close to certain structures they can cause destruction over time. Tree roots are very powerful and resilient. They search for water against all odds. That means that even concrete is not safe. Driveways, patios, and the very foundation of your home can be broken or shifted by tree roots! Sewer and utility lines are subject to invasion as well. Every year trees cost homeowners thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs. If caught early, a skilled arborist can install a root barrier in an attempt to prevent further complications. This method is not a guarantee against damage, because as we said, tree roots are very determined. Again, at this point tree removal is typically the best solution.
Other species can become a source of frustration for homeowners when they produce too much pollen, seed pods, or debris. A fast-growing shade tree over your pool or in your yard might sound like a fantastic idea at first. But if you pick the wrong species you could end up spending endless amounts of time cleaning up the mess it creates.
The climate here in Tucson is also a crucial element to consider when planting a tree. Anyone living in southern Arizona knows all to well how dry and rocky our desert soil can be. Not all species of tree are designed to survive and thrive in our challenging ecosystem. They may seem like a good fit, but they can start to decline and develop issues over time. Many trees are just not drought tolerant and simply require way too much water and maintenance to sustain long-term.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK THE EXPERTS
The good news is, as complex as tree planting can be, you don’t have to do it alone! Contact an experienced tree service like Branching Out. We will come to your home and provide a free consultation. Our knowledgeable arborist will explain what species of tree is best suited to your needs. They will also evaluate your property and determine the ideal location to plant your new tree.
We have the proper equipment and manpower to plant larger trees than most. By doing so, we can give you the shade tree you want in less time. The plants we use come direct from the best local growers and nurseries in Tucson. You can be assured that you are always getting a superior tree and installation when you hire Branching Out Tree Service. Our goal is to help protect your investment. We want the tree to deliver a lifetime of value for your family.
Contact us now to schedule a FREE estimate. Let us become your tree care partner and keep your landscape healthy and beautiful.