As a home gardener, you should always make sure to plant at least one or two trees on your property. These impressive plants can provide much needed shade and live for decades, providing the environment with oxygen. Many varieties of trees are also fairly low maintenance, so you will not have to go out of your way to overly care for them. However, you should know how to plant a tree and when the ideal time is to do so.
In general, the best time to plant trees is during the dormant part of the season, or in the fall, after leaves have fallen. Of course, the climate in the specific region where you live will depend on when you should plant your trees, as different varieties have different requirements. For instance, if you are eyeing a type of shade tree to plant in your garden or for landscaping your front yard area, it is best to do so just as they are entering their fall dormant period. This will ensure that the tree will not be harmed or suffer shock from the planting process.
If you live in a tropical region, trees are ensured to grow all year long, which means that any time is appropriate for planting a new tree. However, you must be sure that there is sufficient water available to administer to the tree, so avoid newly planting one during times of drought. In any case, you must make sure that any new trees you plant will be handled properly from the time you purchase them at a local nursery until the actual transplant into your garden or front yard area. Make sure you have all the proper tools for the job as well as checking the location of your underground utilities to avoid a mishap.
When you purchase a tree from your local nursery, you can expect its root system to be balled. This is so that it is easier to transplant the tree, and it will suffer fewer traumas from shock. You can reduce the risk of this occurring by properly preparing the location where you will be planting the tree and by giving it the proper care. This includes properly covering the roots, depending on the species of tree, as some prefer to have their roots slightly elevated in the soil bed. You should also ensure the hole in which the tree is planted is deep enough and that you thoroughly water the area at the base of the trunk. In addition, newly planted trees do their absolute best when a thick layer of mulch and compost is laid down to hold in the moisture.
Make sure the newly planted tree is aligned straight in the hole, and you should begin backfilling it carefully but firmly. Avoid compacting the soil, but make sure it is tight enough to hold the tree in position. Remove any burlap or other fabric that may be holding the root ball as well, and take care not to accidentally cause any damage to the roots or tree trunk.