Tree Planting/Care Tips
Be sure you are properly planting your trees so they have the best chance at surviving!
Information provided by the Arbor Day Foundation, Michigan DNR and Consumers Energy
Tree Planting & Care Tips
It’s important to remember that proper tree care starts when you select a tree. And what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its lifespan. Following these steps will make sure your tree gets a good start for a healthy life.
Choosing the Right Type of Tree for Your Yard
Proper tree care begins with selecting the right tree and planting it in the right place.
- Make sure roots are moist and fibrous
- Deciduous seedlings should have roots about as equal to stem length
- Root ball should be firm to the touch, especially near the trunk.
- Root ball should be adequate for the tree’s size.
- Container should not contain large, circling roots.
- Pruned roots should be cut cleanly, none wider than a finger.
- Soil and roots should be joined tightly.
Planting a Tree Video Tutorials
Watch these step-by-step videos and learn how to plant your new tree:
Mulch is a newly planted tree's best friend because it:
- Insulates the soil, helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold.
- Retains water to help the roots stay moist.
- Keeps weeds out to avoid root competition.
- Prevents soil compaction.
- Reduces lawn mower damage.
- Remove any grass within a 3-foot area (up to 10 feet for larger tree).
- Pour natural mulch such as wood chips or bark pieces 2 to 4 inches deep within the circle.
- Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.
Also, be sure to watch this video on the importance of mulching around your trees.
There are many types of mulch to choose from, but the most common mulch is wood chips. Before mulching your tree, be sure to remove grass and weeds around the tree that fall under the drip line. Then add a two to four-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, avoiding the trunk. Do not pile mulch against the trunk of a tree. This method of volcano mulching can suffocate the tree.
ADDITIONAL TREE CARE INFORMATION