There is no better time to plant a tree than now. With the right knowledge, this is an easy, fun thing to do. You can go to your local hardware store or big box store and get all the supplies you need to plant a tree.
There are several ways to plant a tree, but the most common is using a plastic planting tube. These come in various sizes depending on the size of tree you want to plant.
Some trees, like conifers, have roots that are very sensitive. These trees need a deeper planting tube so the roots can grow down into the soil before hitting any obstacles.
Before you go out and buy everything needed to plant a tree, check if your area has any initiatives or programs that reward you for planting trees. Some give you free trees or discounted trees and/or mulch for planting them.
When choosing the appropriate time to plant your trees, consider the length of the day that they will have to thrive.
Trees need sunlight to grow, so be sure to plant in a location with ample sunlight! By looking at a map or Google Earth, you can see what direction the sun rises and sets in your area- this will help you find the best places to plant trees.
Beaverton has a global climate characterized by warm, rainy winters and dry, warm summers. Trees that thrive in this climate include evergreen trees such as pines and firs, and deciduous trees such as oaks and maples.
Planting in the spring season allows for enough sunlight for these trees to grow and develop their roots before winter comes. Late fall planting may result in less growth before winter comes, but extends the tree’s lifespan into the spring season when there is more sunlight.
When choosing your tree, also consider the season you plant it. Depending on what kind of tree you choose, you can plant in different seasons depending on where you live.
If you live in a zone with winter weather, like Beaverton, then November and December is the ideal time to plant your trees. This is because the soil is sufficiently warm enough to start germinating the seed and sprouting the roots.
In colder zones, January is the best time to plant a tree because the soil has had enough time to cool down after winter and prepare for spring. March is also a good time to plant trees as plants are starting to wake up from winter and grass is growing again.
If you live in a tropical or warm climate area, May or June is the best time to plant a tree as plants are starting to wake up from winter and grass is growing again.
Once you have picked out your tree, you must choose which species of tree to plant. Some trees are more climate resistant than others.
There are several sites that offer recommendations for tree planting by region, including the Arbor Day Foundation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. These also include information on soil type, so you can choose the right soil for your tree to grow in.
Arbor day provides a comprehensive list of trees that grow well in your area, according to your season. For example, in Beaverton, Oregon, they grow oaks and filbert trees during the winter season.
When you go to the plant sale or nursery to buy your trees, make sure to look at all of the trees very carefully.
Make sure all the leaves are green and not yellow or brown, and check for bugs and/or damage. If you notice any issues, do not buy the tree!
You want your trees to be healthy enough to survive transplanting and thrive once planted. The best time of year to plant a tree depends on what kind of tree it is and what climate it needs. Some trees can even be planted in more than one season.
Janice recommends looking into when your area’s native plants bloom so that you do not accidentally plant a tree too early or too late- only find out if it is a native plant by asking an expert.
Once you have your saplings, you need to prepare them for planting. This includes planting them in the ground, pruning them, and mulching around them.
Before you plant your trees, you need to make sure they are ready. Trees take a few years to grow roots and become sturdy. In the meantime, they are vulnerable to wind and weather changes.
It is best to plant trees in the spring or early fall. If you have to plant them in the winter, then cover them with a heavy cloth until they are ready to be planted in the ground.
Trees that are planted in the winter tend to die because of the cold weather, but if you can plant them early enough before winter arrives, then they will be ready to grow when spring comes.
Once the tree is in the ground, water it until the roots are fully saturated. After that, water it only during dry periods until new growth appears.
Then, let the tree grow! As your tree grows, keep an eye on its health. If you notice any signs of disease or deathwood fungus, bring it to the attention of a professional forest health specialist.
There are many ways to get involved with forestry as a volunteer. One of the most common ways is through forest patrols. Forest patrols go out and look for signs of insect or disease damage and prune those trees to ensure the health of the forest.
Another way to volunteer is by planting trees! Many organizations need help planting trees in forests or grasslands, but also on government land like state parks.
A second tip is to make sure the tree gets enough water. Trees can go several weeks without watering, but will wilt and then recover if drought conditions persist.
Watering trees is a skill that takes a little practice, so if you are new to tree planting, do not worry! Our planting coordinators provide thorough water lesson during the training session.
You will learn when to water the plants and how much to give it of water. Once you get the hang of it, you will see your trees thriving! Be aware that in hot weather, trees need more frequent watering.
Trees planted in winter may need less frequent watering as the soil is cooler and there is less evaporation.
Once your trees are planted, you will need to take care of them. Make sure to water them properly and enough to establish roots. You will need to fertilize your trees at some point as well.
Make sure to consult with an expert how often and how much to fertilize your tree. Once the trees are established, you should not need to fertilize very often if at all.
Before winter comes, make sure to rake all of the leaves off of the ground around the tree and take down any decorations or ornaments. This will help protect the tree from winter damage. Beavers Tree Service also recommends putting a layer of straw or hay around the base of the tree to help protect it from frost heaving.