It’s the perfect time to plant trees, and replace some of those that might have been destroyed in this Winter’s storm.
Here are a few facts about trees you may not have known.
- Trees save energy for cooling, therefore reduce CO2 emissions from power plants.
- Trees planted in parking lots absorb the pollutants and toxins from cars.
- Trees in streetscapes and parks promote more physical activity and recreation. They are also linked to less aggression in households and reduced crime in neighborhoods.
Avoid these five common mistakes made when planting trees in Central Texas.
- Planting Too Deep – Planting a tree too deep can lead to poor root establishment and can reduce the tree’s overall health and growth potential. When planting a tree, make sure the root flare is visible just above the soil line.
- Failing to Water – Newly planted trees need consistent watering to establish a strong and healthy root system.
- Choosing the Wrong Species – Choosing the wrong tree species for your location can lead to poor growth, disease, and even death.
- Planting in the Wrong Location – Planting a tree in an unsuitable location such as not enough sun or too close to other trees or a building can lead to stunted growth, foliar diseases, or even safety hazards.
- Neglecting to Mulch – Mulching a newly planted tree is essential to help retain soil moisture, prevent soil erosion, and reduce soil compaction. Neglecting to mulch can lead to poor root development and increased susceptibility to pests and diseases.
To Plant a Healthy Native Tree
The first step to planting a tree is selecting the right species for the climate and soil characteristics.
In Central Texas, some popular species include live oak, cedar elm, and Texas red oak.
Once you have decided on the species, you will need to prepare the planting site by clearing all debris, rocks, and weeds. It’s very important to make sure the area you are planting the tree is well-drained, receives adequate sunlight and has enough space to grow properly.
Dig a hole that is twice the width of the tree’s root ball and just as deep. The root ball should be set level with or slightly above the ground level. This is very important. It is crucial to avoid planting the tree too deeply, as this can suffocate the roots and stunt growth.
After placing the tree in the hole, backfill with native soil, tamping it in lightly. Place 2 -3 inches of mulch around the tree base. But do not put a volcano of mulch around the trunk. It will smother the tree.
Water the tree generously to help settle the soil and establish the roots.
You can always contact Leaf Tree Services to help you plant your trees.