Tips for Successful Tree Planting

Tips for Successful Tree Planting


Welcome to Tips Tree Planting, your ultimate source for all things related to gardening and tree planting. In this article, we will share with you some valuable tips and tricks for successful tree planting. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, these tips will help you create a thriving environment for your trees.

Tree Planting Activity

An Imagination Station Activity

Age: Preschool and up
Time: 5 minutes or your life time
Type of Activity: Backyard science

Materials needed:

  • One tree (oak, maple, or any other type of tree or bush)
  • Shovel
  • Bucket of water
  • Measuring tape
  • Journal
  • Pen or pencil
  • Camera (optional)

Planting the tree

  1. Pick out a tree. Very young trees are usually sold bare-root. These trees need to be soaked in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting. Larger trees are usually sold balled-and-burlapped, with the roots enclosed in dirt and wrapped in burlap and twine or wire.

  2. Choose a suitable spot in your yard that provides the necessary amount of sunlight for the tree to grow.

  3. Dig a hole, making sure it is large enough for the roots without crowding them.

For bare-root trees:

  • The hole should be a few inches deeper than the length of the roots and wider than the spread of the root.

For ball-and-burlapped trees:

  • Measure the height of the root ball and the depth of the hole before planting. Remove the twine or wire before placing it in the hole.
  1. Place the tree in the hole and fill it 2/3 of the way with soil. Then, fill the rest of the hole with water. After the water has settled, fill the remaining space with soil.

  2. Create a saucer-like circle around the tree using rocks and dirt clumps. Water thoroughly and mulch.

  3. Stake the tree to protect it from strong winds, lawn mowers, and other hazards. Water thoroughly once a week during dry weather.

Variation: Some trees can be grown indoors in large pots or containers.

Source: The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch

How does your tree grow?

For this part, you can choose a tree that is already growing instead of planting a new one.

At the beginning of each month, observe your tree and record the following observations in your journal:

  • Measure the height.
  • Measure the circumference of the trunk.
  • Describe the appearance of the bark.
  • Count the number of branches.
  • Note the number and color of the leaves.
  • Look for buds.
  • Check for fruits or seeds, such as apples, acorns, or pinecones.
  • Create a sketch of your tree.

Variation: Also record your child’s height each month. Take a picture of your child by the tree and find out who has grown more in the past month or year!

By following these tips and observing the growth of your trees, you’ll be able to create a beautiful and thriving environment in your backyard. For more gardening tips and tricks, visit Tips Tree Planting.

Remember, every tree you plant contributes to a greener and healthier planet. Happy planting!