In this edition of Owning Your Outdoors, Lewis yard and garden expert, Doug Schroeder, has some helpful tips for planting trees.
Use the link to download instructions for planting a tree in your yard.
When choosing a tree for your landscape there are a number of variables to consider.
- Purpose. Is it ornamental, shade or both?
- How much space do you have for the tree to mature?
- Do you want instant gratification? If so, choose a fast-growing tree.
- How much water does the tree require? Certain trees do better in low lying areas that occasionally flood.
Three common tree categories:
Ornamental (Usually smaller with flowers or unique foliage)
- Newport Plum 25’ tall and 25’ wide. Pink flowers spring.
- Crabapple size and color of flowers vary.
- Lilac Tree up to 35’ tall
Ornamental shade trees
- Quaking Aspen 60’ x 30 ‘ (leaf movement in the wind)
- Weeping Willows various sizes…check when buying
- Catalpa Trees 40’-60’ 20’-40’
- Autumn Blaze Maple 40’x30’ (Brilliant Red Fall Color)
- Crimson King Maple 40’x30’ (purple leaves all season)\
- Greenspire Linden 50’X30’ (heart shaped leaves)
- Prospector Elm 50’x30’ (Fast growing)
When planting your tree:
- Before you dig, call 811 and have your yard marked for underground utilities.
- Dig your hole about twice the diameter of the tree's root ball.
- Avoid planting the tree too deep. The root collar should not be below the top of your hole.
- When mukching, don't let the mulch touch the tree. Leave a gap of about two inches between the tree and the mulch.