Whether you are revamping your garden or want to introduce a welcoming feel to your commercial premises, planting a tree is a fantastic way to enjoy a touch of both life and colour. A vast variety of tree sizes, types and colours are available for DIY plantation. However, along with bringing new life comes many different initial considerations and a carefully implemented process of planting a tree.
What Is The Process Of Planting A Tree?
Unfortunately, you cannot randomly pinpoint a piece of land and decide that that’s, the best place for you to plant your tree, you must first assess the area and then enlist the help of others for the plantation process. Planting a tree is a life-long investment, some trees can live up to a huge 5,000 years, so it is important to get the initial process right.
So, if you are considering planting a tree in your garden or workplace, but a little unsure where to start, take a look at our simple ten-step guide!
1. Decide On Your Tree Type
Would you like to plant a tree simply for aesthetic purposes and their vibrant flowers? Or would you like a reward in the form of fresh fruit? The first step towards planting a tree is to determine what you want to get out of the tree, so you can ensure you choose the right type.
Fruit trees are incredibly popular but are often more suited to a domestic property, as families will have considerably more time to pick the fruit when they are at their prime and enjoy the fresh tastes. In a commercial premise, there may be little time to continuously pick the fruit, meaning they will fall to the ground and cause a mess. Visitors are likely to trample over the fresh fruit meaning you will end up with squashed berries, apples and other fruit ruining the appearance of your workplace.
Trees that do not grow fruit and instead blossom full of delicate flowers are great for both domestic and commercial purposes. During the Spring and Summer, you can enjoy a splash of colour and then get into the festive spirit with the help of the Autumnul colours during the colder months.
2. Measure Your Land
Measuring your land is vital for healthy tree growth. It is essential to ensure that your trees branches and roots not only have enough growth space but also will not disrupt any other plants or buildings.
When you purchase a tree, the tag will state how large the tree is estimated to grow and how much room the roots will require. Always keep the mature size in the back of your mind when measuring the space you wish to place the tree. If other plants surround it, then it may not be the ideal location, as all plants will be fighting for root space and constant pruning will be required.
3. Is The Area Safe?
Your ideal plantation location may be perfect initially, but will it disrupt the safety of your property and visitors in the long run?
In a domestic scenario, a tree outside the home blocking the main entry points makes it considerably easier for intruders to enter your home discretely. Burglars will take advantage of the perfect hiding opportunity and sneak into your house, easily dodging CCTV cameras and burglar alarms.
Safety is also a key aspect for plantation on commercial premises. A large tree may not be ideal near a visitor carpark or walkway. It will only take one large gust of wind to send a branch flying into a vehicle, window or onto the pathway seriously injuring a guest.
4. Consider Energy Efficiency
Although trees are not often considered a form of saving energy, they can be incredibly useful. Trees planted to the south of your building can block the sun during its peak hours, reducing the costs of air conditioning bills. Alternatively, trees planted on at a north positioning block cold winds from entering the building during the Winter, decreasing heating bills.
5. Discuss With Neighbours
Always discuss your plans with your neighbours before planting a tree that may cause potential disruptions.
Unpruned tree branches can grow large and hang over their property, fruit may fall creating a mess on their driveway, and large trees may block their sun exposure, so be sure to double check before putting any plans in place. People appreciate kindness and consideration, and ultimately, they cannot complain because they agreed.
6. Dig A Planting Hole
Now is the fun part, all boring considerations and tedious preparations have been put in place, so you can start planting your tree. When digging the hole, it is crucial to make sure that the width is three times as big as your root ball. The root ball is the collection of soil and roots that are at the base of the tree. Dig as deep as you need to cover the root ball completely, so only the trunk will be on show.
7. Loosen The Roots
Once planted, you want the roots to be able to grow freely in different directions, so it is recommended to spend a few minutes gently loosening the roots. Very carefully release any roots that are trapped together without causing any damage to ensure that they are free to grow.
8. Place The Tree
Place your tree in the centre of the hole and rotate the tree until it is in a perfect position. When repositioning, hold the tree by the root ball and not the trunk. Make sure that the branches are not disrupting any surrounding buildings or pathways.
You are now free to refill the hole with soil. Press down the soil to avoid any large pockets of air from forming.
Staking a tree means supporting the trunk to ensure no weather damage is caused in its first few months of life. This is not required for all trees, just those that are relatively smaller with a thinner trunk. Stakes can be made from wood and metal and need to be carefully fastened to the tree to keep it in place and avoid root movement. For a full guide on how to stake a newly planted tree, take a look at this RHS Guide.
Plants need a generous watering after their original plantation, so be sure to water your tree thoroughly. This will need to be repeated at least twice a day for the first couple of weeks, especially if there has been no rainfall. If you’re unsure how much water your tree needs, head over to Majestic Trees for more information.
Take Care Of Your Tree
Once your tree has passed its first few months of life, it will take very little additional care. If you are ever unsure on the health of your tree or need help with regular maintenance, contact our professional tree surgeons Milton Keynes for expert advice!