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zim bob the landscaper
04-09-2007, 05:45 PM
can you plant trees right now? i have to plant 4 trees between the height of 5-7 ft. tall. im getting these trees from cavicco green house in concord mass. and we pick them up firday and the job we said would be done on saturday. i just want to know of i could plant trees now? also the planting is in littleton mass.

zz4guy
04-10-2007, 04:16 PM
Spring and fall are the best times to plant trees, and a lot of other stuff. I would do it now before it gets too warm. I've heard it is risky to plant trees in the summer because the roots can dry out. Almost anything is better than summer.

zim bob the landscaper
04-10-2007, 04:29 PM
ok well we are gonna get about 6+ inches of snow soon so i dont know if i should plant them this weekend or somtimes during next week. also the property has a sprinkler system and all the plantings will be in the range of the system.

sheshovel
04-10-2007, 04:37 PM
Do it, be sure to hand water them in really good if they will get snow cover. Understand? Not with the sprinklers, by hand, right after planting and water them in real well.

zim bob the landscaper
04-10-2007, 09:12 PM
Do it, be sure to hand water them in really good if they will get snow cover. Understand? Not with the sprinklers, by hand, right after planting and water them in real well.

thank you very much!

Focal Point Landscapes
04-11-2007, 12:58 AM
We as landscapers plant trees year round - the only thing that changes is the amount of care required - sheshovel's advice is good regardless of which month you plant.

PatriotLandscape
04-11-2007, 01:44 PM
Dormant planting is optimal anyway once the plant starts growing it can accomidate for its surroundings rather than mid july in 90 heat from the nursery watering it 3 times a day to your customer who might do it once.

We just finished our second planting this season. So sharpen those shovels!

ACutAboveNC
04-11-2007, 09:20 PM
I prefer fall so the tree can overwinter dormant but anytime of year is ok if there is proper watering. It is basic care 101 for really anything you do.

sheshovel
04-12-2007, 01:05 AM
We as landscapers plant trees year round - the only thing that changes is the amount of care required - sheshovel's advice is good regardless of which month you plant.

Agreed. I just added the snow cover part in there to fit my advice to his situation. It of course is the most important step in planting a tree other than digging the hole.

PORTER 05
04-12-2007, 10:41 AM
i wouldnt plant ant tress right know, id wait atleast 3 weeks

Coffeecraver
04-13-2007, 05:37 AM
The snow won't hurt but if the ground is frozen you should wait
until it thaws out.

New Tree Planting

Think of the tree you just purchased as a lifetime investment. How well your tree, and investment, grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted, and follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

Planting the Tree

The ideal time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season and in the fall after leaf drop or early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. However, trees properly cared for in the nursery or garden center, and given the appropriate care during transport to prevent damage, can be planted throughout the growing season. In tropical and subtropical climates where trees grow year round, any time is a good time to plant a tree, provided that sufficient water is available. In either situation, proper handling during planting is essential to ensure a healthy future for new trees and shrubs. Before you begin planting your tree, be sure you have had all underground utilities located prior to digging.

If the tree you are planting is balled or bare root, it is important to understand that its root system has been reduced by 90 to 95 percent of its original size during transplanting. As a result of the trauma caused by the digging process, trees commonly exhibit what is known as transplant shock. Containerized trees may also experience transplant shock, particularly if they have circling roots that must be cut. Transplant shock is indicated by slow growth and reduced vigor following transplanting. Proper site preparation before and during planting coupled with good follow-up care reduces the amount of time the plant experiences transplant shock and allows the tree to quickly establish in its new location. Carefully follow nine simple steps, and you can significantly reduce the stress placed on the plant at the time of planting.

Dig a shallow, broad planting hole. Make the hole wide, as much as three times the diameter of the root ball but only as deep as the root ball. It is important to make the hole wide because the roots on the newly establishing tree must push through surrounding soil in order to establish. On most planting sites in new developments, the existing soils have been compacted and are unsuitable for healthy root growth. Breaking up the soil in a large area around the tree provides the newly emerging roots room to expand into loose soil to hasten establishment.
Identify the trunk flare. The trunk flare is where the roots spread at the base of the tree. This point should be partially visible after the tree has been planted (see diagram). If the trunk flare is not partially visible, you may have to remove some soil from the top of the root ball. Find it so you can determine how deep the hole needs to be for proper planting.
Remove tree container for containerized trees. Carefully cutting down the sides of the container may make this easier. Inspect the root ball for circling roots and cut or remove them. Expose the trunk flare, if necessary.
Place the tree at the proper height. Before placing the tree in the hole, check to see that the hole has been dug to the proper depth’and no more. The majority of the roots on the newly planted tree will develop in the top 12 inches of soil. If the tree is planted too deeply, new roots will have difficulty developing because of a lack of oxygen. It is better to plant the tree a little high, 2 to 3 inches above the base of the trunk flare, than to plant it at or below the original growing level. This planting level will allow for some settling (see diagram). To avoid damage when setting the tree in the hole, always lift the tree by the root ball and never by the trunk.
Straighten the tree in the hole. Before you begin backfilling, have someone view the tree from several directions to confirm that the tree is straight. Once you begin backfilling, it is difficult to reposition the tree.
Fill the hole gently but firmly. Fill the hole about one-third full and gently but firmly pack the soil around the base of the root ball. Then, if the root ball is wrapped, cut and remove any fabric, plastic, string, and wire from around the trunk and root ball to facilitate growth (see diagram). Be careful not to damage the trunk or roots in the process.

Fill the remainder of the hole, taking care to firmly pack soil to eliminate air pockets that may cause roots to dry out. To avoid this problem, add the soil a few inches at a time and settle with water. Continue this process until the hole is filled and the tree is firmly planted. It is not recommended to apply fertilizer at the time of planting.
Stake the tree, if necessary. If the tree is grown and dug properly at the nursery, staking for support will not be necessary in most home landscape situations. Studies have shown that trees establish more quickly and develop stronger trunk and root systems if they are not staked at the time of planting. However, protective staking may be required on sites where lawn mower damage, vandalism, or windy conditions are concerns. If staking is necessary for support, there are three methods to choose among: staking, guying, and ball stabilizing. One of the most common methods is staking. With this method, two stakes used in conjunction with a wide, flexible tie material on the lower half of the tree will hold the tree upright, provide flexibility, and minimize injury to the trunk (see diagram). Remove support staking and ties after the first year of growth.
Mulch the base of the tree. Mulch is simply organic matter applied to the area at the base of the tree. It acts as a blanket to hold moisture, it moderates soil temperature extremes, and it reduces competition from grass and weeds. Some good choices are leaf litter, pine straw, shredded bark, peat moss, or composted wood chips. A 2- to 4-inch layer is ideal. More than 4 inches may cause a problem with oxygen and moisture levels. When placing mulch, be sure that the actual trunk of the tree is not covered. Doing so may cause decay of the living bark at the base of the tree. A mulch-free area, 1 to 2 inches wide at the base of the tree, is sufficient to avoid moist bark conditions and prevent decay.
Provide follow-up care. Keep the soil moist but not soaked; overwatering causes leaves to turn yellow or fall off. Water trees at least once a week, barring rain, and more frequently during hot weather. When the soil is dry below the surface of the mulch, it is time to water. Continue until mid-fall, tapering off for lower temperatures that require less-frequent watering.

Other follow-up care may include minor pruning of branches damaged during the planting process. Prune sparingly immediately after planting and wait to begin necessary corrective pruning until after a full season of growth in the new location.

After you’ve completed these nine simple steps, further routine care and favorable weather conditions will ensure that your new tree or shrub will grow and thrive. A valuable asset to any landscape, trees provide a long-lasting source of beauty and enjoyment for people of all ages. When questions arise about the care of your tree, be sure to consult your local ISA Certified Arborist or a tree care or garden center professional for assistance.

http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_planting.aspx