Planting New Trees
Trees are an indispensable centre piece of any landscape. And selecting the right tree for the right spot, is critical. That’s why consulting an arborist with experience in local tree species, knowledge of current disease/climate patterns, and familiarity with local nurseries and suppliers is a good place to start.
Over the years we’ve noticed a primary reason for requiring tree removal is putting the wrong tree in the wrong place. Our expertise in both tree species and the local Edmonton environment can help you select a specimen that will prosper in your specific location for decades to come! Which also means one less tree needs to be cut down, down the road!
Shoot us a call or text at (780)266-1919 and we’ll help you asses your situation and make recommendations specifically suitable for you.
Selecting A New Tree
What To Look For
When selecting a new tree your first considerations should be the conditions the chosen location offers
- Space (Proximity to structures, other trees, and utilities)
- Lighting (full sun, partial sun, or shade)
- Soil (loose, compact, clay, poor drainage)
Once you have these perimeters established for the location; you can then decide what specific characteristics suit you best.
- Fruiting or non fruiting
- Size/ Growth rate
- Maintenance Requirements
Selecting a tree can be an intimidating tasks. It can be one of the most important investments you make in your property, ensuring its a suitable long term option is important.
If you’re ready to get some foliage on your property give us a shout; we’ll be happy to asses your specific situation and provide a professional tailor made tree planting plan.
Early Tree Care
Now that you’ve picked out and installed your new tree; you’ll want to do everything you can to increase your new yard buddies odds of adjusting to the new spot and thriving. Early tree care is generally quite simple.
- Watering – Refer to the Goldilocks rule when watering trees: not too wet, not too dry. For the first couple waterings get a wooden or metal probe and test the ground going down about 18″. If the probe comes out with a small amount of damp soil, your conditions are perfect. If it comes out clean or with wet mud on it, you’ll want to adjust your watering schedule. Once you have a feel for your ground conditions, you’ll be able to stick to a regular schedule.
- Mulch – Maintaining a good healthy layer of mulch over your root ball is essential to your trees health. This will:
- Create a barrier to keep weeds down
- Continually replenish the nutrients in your soil
- Maintain the essential bacterial, fungal, and insect ecosystem healthy live soil (and your tree) depends on
- Mediate moisture and temperature
All of this means a healthier, hardier, more beautiful, and lower maintenance tree.
*Tip: Avoid tilling the mulch into the soil until is has broken down (composted). Fresh mulch will actually tie up soil nutrients during the decomposition process.
3. Pruning – Starting a proper pruning regiment to establish a stable and aesthetically pleasing growth habit is critical for your trees long term viability and property value. If pruning is started too late in the life cycle of the tree, it becomes impossible to achieve the ideal desired effects.
Have a perfectly good tree in the in the wrong place? In some cases in can not only be more economical to move the tree than to cut it down and replace it, but it also means one less healthy tree destroyed?
This option is admittedly limited as the equipment required is quite large and needs access right to the base of the tree. But we will always consider this option when advising on the best tree solution for your situation.