at least a five to six-foot tree grown to nursery standards.
- Select a site with enough room for roots and branches to reach full
size. Avoid overhead and underground utilities.
- Prepare a planting area as deep as the root ball and three to five
times its diameter by loosening the soil. Dig a hole in the middle
of the area and set the root ball even with the ground level.
- Use water to settle soil and remove air pockets in planting area.
- Stake the tree to flex with the wind only if tree is unable to stand
up to wind.
- Spread a two to three inch layer of mulch on entire area, but not
within six inches of tree trunk.
How to Plant a Tree Seedling
- Plant your seedling as soon as possible - in cooler climates, before
the first frost. If first frost has occurred already, then plant your
tree indoors and transplant it once the chance of frost is over.
- Prepare a planting area where the seedling will have adequate space
to grow into a full sized tree both above and below the ground. (Pay
special attention to utility wires.)
- Place the root collar (the place where the roots join the stem)
at soil level.
- Settle soil with water to avoid air space.
- Protect seedling from damage caused by feet, lawnmowers, pets, etc.
How to plant a tree seedling indoors (If weather precludes outside
- Place seedling in a container that is at least 6 inches deep and
has several drainage holes.
- Pack the soil around seedling, completely covering the root collar.
- Water well after planting and place seedling in a bright room; direct
sunlight is best.
- Keep moist by watering as needed and transplant outside when weather
For more information about the best planting times in your area,
contact a local nursery.
Where to Plant Trees for Energy Conservation and More
Planting trees around your home will conserve energy and lower the
cost of utility bills. Three well-placed deciduous (leaf-losing) trees
on the east, south, and west sides of a home will shade it from summer
sun and lower cooling costs by 10 to 50 percent. In addition to saving
money, this conservation of energy directly translates to less carbon
dioxide produced at the generating plant that serves your house. Trees
can also produce savings in cold weather. Staggered rows of evergreen
trees on the northwest side of the house (or the side with prevailing
winter winds) will block harsh winds and lower heating costs.