Apr 30, 2018

How to Plant a Large Shade Tree

Shade trees can make a wonderful addition to any yard. They provide a cool spot to rest during the heat of summer, and they’re large structure make them a perfect destination for a family tree fort or swing. Are you considering planting a shade tree on your Atlanta, Georgia area property? If so, there’s no reason to become overwhelmed by the process. At 404-CUT-TREE, we provide professional residential and commercial tree care services in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Alpharetta, Stone Mountain and other nearby communities. We want you to get the most enjoyment out of your tree, here are a few suggestions that can help you nurture your tree from a tender sapling to a mature shade tree.

Safety First

The first step is to ensure you and your family’s safety by calling the local utility companies. It’s important that you don’t accidently dig into gas or water lines. You’ll also want to be sure that you don’t plant a large tree species too close to your pipes or foundation, because the root growth could cause leaks and breakage. Keep in mind the final height of your new tree, and keep your sapling away from areas where the electrical line may one day touch its crown.

Check Tree and Soil for Potential Problems

Once you’ve found the perfect location for safe planting, you’ll want to conduct a thorough inspection of your soil quality, and the health of the young tree. Different tree varieties require a different nutrient balance, so you’ll want to do your research ahead of time. Test your soil before choosing your tree, so you will know if soil amendment is necessary. Make sure that the tree is in good shape before purchasing from the nursery. Check for girdling roots, signs of insect infestation and fungal growth. These problems could be red flags, alerting you to potential future issues.

Plant Tree at Proper Depth

Don’t plant your tree too deep or too shallow. For most tree varieties, it is safe to plant at a width twice the size of the root ball. Many first-time tree planters will accidentally suffocate the roots by planting far too deep or by over mulching. It’s important that the roots have room to stretch and breath so they can grow properly and support the weight of the mature tree.

Water Regularly and Prune as Needed

Tree saplings often need to be watered often. Research your species to know the unique preferences for your new tree. In the first few years, you may need to prune and trim branches heavily to maximize growth or to guide the branches in a certain direction. Be careful not to overdo trimming, or the tree may not survive. A professional tree service specialist will have the experience and training necessary to provide seasonal pruning that will benefit your tree the most.

Are You Looking for a Certified Arborist in Atlanta, Georgia? Call 404-CUT-TREE Today

Do you need help with your property’s trees? Get help from the certified arborists and tree care professionals at 404-CUT-TREE in Atlanta, GA. Our team of experienced specialists offer a wide range of services including seasonal pruning, tree risk assessment, fertilizer and fungicide application, tree removal and more. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.