Spring is in the air, but it’s not here yet! The last couple of weeks have had unusually warm weather but snow is in the forecast for the weekend. Mother Nature keeps us guessing! As Certified Arborists, we are particularly excited when spring arrives so we can embark on the first of two planting seasons in New England.
Part of our jobs as Certified Arborists is to inform and educate the public. Planting a tree or a shrub may seem like a pretty simple task, undertaken by just about anyone, but the truth is, there is a science to it. Ask any Arborist and they’ll tell you good tree care starts with planting! Let’s consider the steps involved:
- Timing – Many of us get Spring Fever when the warmer weather arrives, but it’s best to wait until April to plant (before the summer heat) because in New England, "it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!"
- Selecting a tree or shrub - Often the homeowner purchases something they visually like (it looks great at the nursery) which is often too shortsighted for such a potentially long-lived investment in your home landscape. Things to consider: Hardiness, Size at Maturity, Sun and Soil Requirements and Availability in the Nursery Trade.
- Planting a tree or shrub – Not to deep, not to shallow, just right! ArborTech is often called upon to diagnose stressed trees or shrubs that are failing or declining due to improper planting techniques or poor quality plant material.
- Watering - Providing adequate moisture to new plantings is essential for survival and growth. The million dollar questions: “how much water” and “how often do I water”? Unfortunately, it’s not a “one size fits all” kind of answer, as site conditions vary. The most important thing to remember is “not to forget”! Once the tree or shrub is in the ground, you can’t walk away and forget about it and expect it to thrive for the long haul. It needs attention, monitoring and care for the first season or two especially.
- If it’s too late, than wait - July and August are not good for planting and should be avoided. Trust us; it pays off to wait until the fall planting season for greater success.
In summary, start the planting process by scheduling a free consultation/estimate to discuss tree and shrub planting options with our Certified Arborists. Make the most of your planting so you can enjoy it for years to come!