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Do you want to move a tree that is not where you want in your landscape design, or you purchased a new tree and are ready to plant it?

Here are some simple tree transplanting tips aimed at reducing stress on the tree and rapid root growth:

  1. The planting depth should be 1-2 inches less than the size of the root ball so that the the plant flare (where the top root comes off the trunk of the the tree) is 1-2 inches above the ground.  Planting a tree too deep is the number one cause of death of the tree.
  2. The hole should be saucer shaped and width three times the size the diameter of the root ball.
  3. Set the tree in the hole removing the container or wrappings if a new tree.  Turn the tree to the best angle.
  4. Backfill the hole with the soil that was dug with the grade coming down from the root flare. No backfill dirt should be on top of the root ball and the bottom should be sitting on undisturbed soil.
  5. Water to settle the soil.
  6. Mulch with wood chips on top of the hole but not directly against the bark.  This will help contain moisture.
  7. Stake tree if in a windy area.
  8. Water 3-4 times a week for the first season and once a month in winter if there are dry conditions.

It may be prohibitive to plant or move a large tree and will give your landscape an immediate impact or planting several trees can be  time consuming and labor intensive project. Consider hiring a professional to insure the job is done correctly and for the life and health of the tree.  A warranty will protect your investment. Costs to plant your tree generally depend on the caliper of the tree (trunk size measured six inches above the root ball).  

 

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When you’ve planted a new tree, it’s important to protect it from the harsh elements of winter. Before winter comes, it’s a good idea to wrap your trees with a plastic tree guard or burlap, depending on the type of tree.  Evergreens benefit the most from wrapped in burlap, while thin barked trees, like maples and sycamores, do best with plastic tree wrap.

Trees with thin bark should be wrapped to protect them from sunscald.  Sunscald occurs in winter when the sun warms the tree’s bark. When the sun disappears, the temperature drops rapidly, causing the bark to dry and crack.  Evergreen trees can get sunscald, too, when their needles turn brown.

You should wrap your tree in burlap or plastic if:

  • They are a newly planted tree
  • Weak for any reason
  • Fully exposed to harsh winds
  • Dehydrated

Once spring has sprung, it’s time to remove the wrap.  Leaving the tree wrap on too long can be an invitation for pests, disease, and serious damage to your tree.  Typically, it’s best to leave the wrap up from November until April. If the last winter frost has hit, it’s safe to remove the wrap around your tree, even if it’s not April yet.  Use new wraps each season to protect your tree.

While wrapping your trees in the winter is important, it’s also important to make sure to remove the wrap in a timely manner.