Choosing and Planting the Right Tree for Your Yard
Follow these tips to picking and planting the right tree for your yard. Taking your time to find and plant it will ensure many years of enjoyment.
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Picking the right tree for your yard can be a tough decision, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking your time to research native trees for you area, determining where you want to plant your tree and learining how to properly plant will ensure many years of enjoyment.
There are some important things to remember when picking a tree.
1. How big will the tree get?
2. Will there be enough sun or shade for the species?
3. Is this species suitable to grow in your planting zone?
The answer to all of these questions can be answered by planting native.
You can easily find what plants are native to your region with a quick search on your state’s website. A native tree is accustomed to the conditions of not only your weather, but also your soil, which means this type of tree will require less maintenance over the years. For my yard I have chosen a Blue Beech tree, which is native to Cape Cod, MA.
This tree cost $100 from my local nursery. Along with the tree, I bought three bags of planting mix bringing my total cost to $115. The planting mix will amend the sandy soil and offer the tree some much needed nutrients as it starts to grow in its new home.
Planting the Tree
1. Using my Long-handled Steel Digging Shovel, I create a new home for my Blue Beech. You want to be sure to dig a large enough hole for the root ball and the planting mix. The ideal size is one and a half times as wide as the root ball and half as deep. This shovel allows me to dig without ruining my back thanks to the long handle and the sharpened blade. It is also strong enough to power through tough dirt. If you hit any roots or rocks, you won’t have to worry. It is almost impossible to break this long handled digging shovel due to its steel design!
2. Once the hole is ready, I combine the planting mix and the native soil with my steel transfer shovel. This shovel allows me to make short work of this task. The big, angled scoop carries large amounts of loose material, like planting mix, without spilling it.
3. Once the mix is in the bottom of the hole, I mix it with the shovel, then pack it down to prevent air pockets and sinking of the tree.
4. I carefully take the tree out of the plastic container. Using my Big Grip Knife, I break apart the root ball before putting it in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Placing it too low could drown the tree. Conversely, setting it too high could dry it out.
5. Now that the tree ball is at the right height, I backfill around it using my Steel transfer shovel. Stomp around the tree, step back and make sure its straight.
6. The last step is one of the most important! Trim off any branches that have been broken from the planting process, branches that are crossing other branches and any branches that have started growing away from the main stem. These are called sucker branches. Use the PowerGear2™ pruners for smaller branches up to 1” and the PowerGear2™ Loppers for branches up to 2”. These PowerGear tools power though branches and give you 3x the power in every cut. The blades on thesetools cut cleanly, which helps shape the tree and guides it to grow the best it can.
7. Now that you have planted your native tree, make sure to water it right away and rake up the mess with your leaf rake. The 24” wide head never clogs and will clean up the area quicker and easier than ever.
With just a few tools, a small investment, and some digging, you now have a beautiful native tree that will look great for years to come.