How to Plant a Tree - The Right Way

How to Plant a Tree on your Edmonton Property

how to plant a tree edmonton

Trees have a direct impact on our lives. Trees hold a symbolic significance, making them a cherished and meaningful gift. Saplings are often planted to honor or remember important moments in a person's life. The act of gifting a tree can bring a deep sense of connection to both the recipient's loved ones and the Earth, providing a spiritual bond. Planting a tree possesses the remarkable ability to infuse your soul with healing energy, fostering a profound reconnection with the world and the essence of life. Beyond the ethereal, trees also offer a scientific marvel: through the miraculous process of photosynthesis, they generate precious oxygen, thus replenishing the very air we breathe.

All of that being said, it's important to know how to plant a tree the right way. Trees do wonders for us, so when planting, proper care, planning, and upkeep is needed so we can give back to the tree that gives so much to us. This blog will take you through the best ways to plant a tree, so it can grow in nourishment and prosperity. Planting trees not only provides beautiful features to your property, but ecological ones too.

Preliminary Stages of Planting A Tree

Planting trees is a fantastic idea, whether it's to celebrate Earth Day or as a thoughtful gift for a friend. There are countless compelling reasons why we should strive to plant as many trees as we can. The importance of rainforests cannot be overstated - they are truly the lungs of the earth, essential for sustaining life on our planet. Understanding their critical role in so many aspects of our world fuels the passion of tree lovers like us, driving the need for more action and support. But before you plant trees, there are general rule of thumb tips you should consider for proper planting.

Let's take a look.

Plan Ahead

Selecting the perfect tree for your property holds great significance, as it not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also ensures the well-being of your land. With a wide array of tree species at your disposal, the options are seemingly endless. A plethora of magnificent trees adorn the Edmonton Area, showcasing the natural beauty of the region. Among them, Balsam Poplars, Colorado Spruces, Lodgepole Pines, and Tamarack Larches stand tall, gracing the landscape with their presence. In addition, White Birches, Aspens, and White Spruces flourish abundantly, ideally suited to the unique conditions of this remarkable area.

You'll want to also consider the type of soil you have at your home. Do you require a plant that can endure drought, or does your soil remain consistently moist? Identifying the conditions in which you intend to plant your tree is crucial. The tree's form, height, size, and its role in your landscape will dictate the most suitable tree for a given location.

In addition, it is essential to request underground utility locates prior to any excavation. This is necessary to ensure the safety of buried cables. It is crucial to avoid planting trees in close proximity to overhead utility lines, buildings with overhanging branches, or mature trees. Furthermore, it is advised to maintain a distance of at least two meters between trees and sidewalks, light posts, or buildings.

When to Plant

The best time to plant a tree is typically in the fall or spring. In the Edmonton region, spring is the optimal time to plant a tree. By doing so, you are giving your new tree the greatest opportunity to flourish and thrive in its new environment, while also allowing it to acclimate and strengthen itself before the winter season sets in. The best time to plant trees depends on two key factors: soil temperatures and water availability. For successful root development and nutrient storage, it is crucial that soil temperatures remain at or above ten degrees Celsius consistently.

Therefore, the ideal periods to plant trees are the weeks leading up to spring when leaves begin to emerge, and the fall when leaves have fallen. During these times, the soil is warm, allowing trees to redirect their energy towards tree root growth rather than leaf production.

Consistent access to water is crucial all year round and often makes the difference in whether young trees can recover from transplant shock and effectively take root in their new environment. Whether it comes from natural rainfall or regular watering, trees thrive when they have a reliable and steady water supply during the initial years after being planted.

By considering these factors, you can ensure that your trees receive the best possible start and thrive in their new environment!

Plant A Tree, Hug A Tree: Here’s How to Correctly Plant A Tree

  1. Dig A Proper Planting Hole: Ensure that the hole is three times wider than the current root mass, but avoid making it deeper than the plant was growing in its previous environment. The planting depth is crucial and can result in premature death if not done correctly. When placing the tree in the hole, make sure that the root collar, where the roots join the main stem or trunk, is level with or slightly above ground level.
  2. Plant High: To ensure the successful adaptation of trees in their new environment, we strongly recommend taking an extra step. Place the trees with up to 25% of the root ball elevated above the surrounding soil level. Then, gradually cover the roots with soil and generously apply a layer of mulch on top. This method not only prevents trees from settling below grade due to soil settling, but also safeguards them from root rot and disease.
  3. Inspect the Tree Roots: After removing the plant from its container, examine the roots closely. If you notice that they are tightly tangled in a circular formation or have begun to grow in accordance with the shape of the container, take steps to interrupt this pattern. It is important to prevent the roots from becoming root bound.
  4. Eliminate Air Pockets: To establish strong soil-to-root contact, gently press the native soil around the plant roots. Additionally, after backfilling halfway, give the hole a firm spray of water. This step not only supplies essential moisture but also helps eliminate air pockets that may harm the roots. Finish by watering the plant once more, ensuring a thorough and meticulous process.
  5. Surround With A Layer of Mulch: Begin by leaving a bare area around the trunk about two inches wide and then spread approximately two inches of organic matter, like shredded leaves or ground bark, around the tree, extending at least out to the drip line. This layer of mulch not only helps to maintain essential moisture but also plays a significant role in keeping the surface roots cool, which is vital for newly planted trees.
  6. Water, Water, Water: Ensuring your trees are properly watered and established is crucial after planting. This critical task may take anywhere from weeks to months. The secret to effective irrigation and successful establishment lies in slow and deep watering. However, manually doing so can be impractical. The most efficient methods for proper tree establishment involve irrigation through soaker hoses or drip irrigation.

After Care

  • Water: It's important to stay vigilant about the weather and watch for signs of drought stress in your trees such as wilting, yellowing leaves, and bark cracks. Adequate watering is crucial to maintaining soil moisture and tree health. Water trees right after planting and then on a weekly basis, adjusting the schedule as needed based on rainfall.
  • Stake: While not always essential, staking can greatly benefit your tree by providing support during its growth process. If you decide to use stakes, make sure to remove them after one year, allowing the trees to develop their own strength.

Trusty Tree Services - Edmonton Area’s Reliable Tree Professionals

Trusty Tree Services is your go-to solution for ensuring the health and safety of your trees and property in the Edmonton area. With a team of professional certified arborists, we are committed to delivering top-notch service for your peace of mind. Whether you need tree pruning, tree removal, or tree planting services, Trusty Tree Services has you covered. Our professional arborists will assess your trees and ensure they receive the necessary care to promote their healthy growth. With our expertise and a focus on safety, you can trust us to handle any tree-related concerns you may have. As a local business based in Edmonton, we specialize in offering top-notch tree care services tailored to the needs of residential, commercial, and municipal properties. Here's what our company can do for you and your property:

  • Tree Cabling and Bracing
  • Tree Planting
  • Edmonton Tree Assessment Services
  • Tree Trimming
  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Pruning
  • Stump Removal
  • Year-Round Grounds Maintenance
  • And so much more!

If you have any doubts about planting a tree by yourself, you can rely on our skilled team at Trusty Tree Services to ensure a safe and successful planting. This way, both the tree and you will be able to thrive and find happiness. We have years of experience in the world of trees, so you can rely on our team to securely finish the job for you! Get in touch with us today and request a free quote on the service you need handled! We look forward to making a greener world with you!


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