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A Beginners Guide to Planting Trees

A Beginners Guide to Planting Trees

No matter how big or small your garden is, it is wise to devote at least a small space to plant trees. Even if your garden is a patio area that can fit only one tree, planting trees is one of the best things you can ever do for your environment and the planet. While it is no secret that trees are good for the environment, the many benefits that planting trees can provide may surprise you. Besides removing carbon dioxide and other contaminants from the air we breathe, trees also produce oxygen and have several other environmental, social and economic benefits. Trees act like the planet's lungs by breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Trees also provide a habitat for birds and wildlife and also help in the reduction of ozone levels in the urban areas.

Essentially, trees add some structure into your garden besides providing a variety of color that will give your home a welcoming sight every season. If trees are chosen and treated correctly, they will be present for many years to come either as a remembrance of a very special occasion in your life or as future harvest.

Best Time To Plant Trees

It is recommended that you plant trees when they have time to establish their roots before they are exposed to stressful conditions such as low temperatures, heat or lack of enough water. Late summer or early fall is preferably the best time to plant trees in most zones of the U.S although it will also depend on the type of trees and the climates. In cold climates, early spring is the best time to plant trees just as the ground thaws. Fall may be too late to plant because most trees will not be able to survive the extreme freezing temperatures that may also stop the moisture from reaching your trees besides damaging roots. In warm climates, fall is generally a good time to plant trees. Trees become dormant and also require less food through their young roots after the first frosts. Trees have enough time to establish their root systems in mild winters which will help them survive in the hot summers.

Types of Trees and The Best Time To Plant Them

1. Bare Root Trees

These are trees that are dug from the ground at a time when they are dormant and then stored in moist conditions then shipped without soil. These types of trees have naked roots therefore they should be planted in spring when they are less likely to suffer winter injuries. Ensure that you plant these trees as soon as you get them to increase their chances of survival.

2. Container Trees

These types of trees are grown in burlap wrapping or in pots, and their roots are normally covered in soil. Timing is not necessarily important as they are not as delicate as the bare root type hence they can be planted whenever there is enough time to establish roots before they are exposed to extreme temperatures.

3. Deciduous Trees

These trees make your decision making process easy since by dropping their leaves, they will tell you when they are about to go dormant. They should be panted in fall and should also be kept well watered even in winter.

4. The Evergreens

These trees should be planted in early fall or late spring or any other time that they will not be exposed to extreme heat.

5. Transplants

Trees should be transplanted in spring before the tree buds set, or after the leaves have fallen in fall just before the ground freezes. Ensure that you only transplant younger trees as they are more likely to endure transplanting compared to the mature trees, which are more susceptible to shock.

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Archer Wrigley

Archer lives in Orange Country, California. A nature lover and passionate about helping people to go green.
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