Tree Planting & Beddings – Tree Planting Services

Proper planting of central Texas trees is essential to ensure future success and longevity. Planting large trees correctly may seem like a common sense task that everyone should be able to accomplish successfully. Unfortunately, many newly installed trees planted incorrectly are often doomed to slow growth, loss of vigor and even premature death. It gets tricky because a tree’s decline is usually not immediate. Some subtle symptoms might include leaves turning a brownish or yellowish color followed by slow defoliation. Excessive black or brown spotting on the leaves can indicate fungal or bacteria problems resulting from too much water during establishment or just overall stress from improper planting.

Some trees are sensitive to transplanting and can go into transplant shock even if the utmost care is taken in the planting stage. Most of the common mistakes I see involve planting trees too deeply, forgetting to remove wire from bald and burlap specimens or simply watering too much or not enough. Many people employ the logic that digging a deeper hole for a new root ball will ensure the tree gets anchored solidly. When trees are planted too deeply, secondary roots shoot off the main feeder roots to reach the surface. Not only will a build-up of soil on the trunk cause rot problems and open the area to disease and insects, eventually these secondary roots can girdle the underground trunk like a noose. This can cause weakening health and eventual death, sometimes occurring just a few years after the initial planting. In addition, the common practice of piling mulch over the root flare compounds the problem by burying the roots even deeper.

Take a look at large, established native trees in your yard or local park. They don’t look like telephone poles, going straight down into the ground with no visible root flare. The root flare is visible at the base of the trunk and their trunks flare out at the ground. If your tree doesn’t have a visible root flare, it is likely buried too deeply. Avoid ground trunk rot and root suffocation by taking the time to learn how to plant trees properly so you can enjoy your investment for years to come.

PLANTING TIME

Generally, late fall through early spring is the best time to plant a new tree. Most shade and ornamental trees sold in the nursery trade are either balled-and-burlaped (B&B) or container grown. B&B trees should be planted as early as possible, preferably before bud break. Container grown trees can be planted later in the season because there is less disturbance of the plant’s root system.

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