Arboriculture isn’t always associated with planting trees as often as it should be. Even though we are the experts at maintaining them, we can also plant them.
Many residential or commercial properties owners will associate planting trees, shrubs or flowers with spring when the sun is shining and the weather is warmer. On the contrary, the best time to plant trees is in autumn or early winter.
Planting during the colder seasons will allow the tree to establish its roots and grow without the summer heat stress.
Discover more about the benefits of planting trees in autumn in this latest article.
Why plant in autumn/early winter?
Autumn and winter are the perfect times to plant new trees as they create an ideal environment for their growth.
Warm soil, cool temperatures and rainfall allow trees and plants to establish their roots in the ground. Therefore, trees will have enough time to adjust to the hot temperatures before the warm summer months.
Furthermore, since temperatures start declining, pests and diseases are reduced. So you won’t need to worry and spend too much time inspecting your trees once planted.
Newly planted trees need a lot of water. Although the natural rain in autumn provides enough of it, you won’t need to water your plants all the time.
Overall, the cooler seasons provide the best environment for young trees and require minimal maintenance.
Benefits of planting trees
We all know the many advantages of planting trees on a property. However, it is always a good reminder of why we do it and how it positively impacts our environment.
If you are a residential or commercial property owner, planting trees will provide windbreak and shade. In addition, various trees, plants and other flora will contribute to your landscape diversity and habitat, bringing birds, bees and other animals.
Planting trees will help soil retention and flood protection if you live near a river, lake, or stream. It will overall increase the protection of the environment and improve water quality.
First thing first, what do you want to achieve when planting a new tree? Think about it and write down your goals. Then, where do you want to grow it? Consider the height of the tree, the amount of sunlight it will receive and its location. Planting too close to the house or footpath could cause damages to your infrastructure in the future. If you have close neighbours, consider how the tree will affect them. Will it create shade, overgrow on their side of the property, etc.?
New Zealand properties are getting smaller, so are the outdoor living areas. It is challenging to create a little oasis in a restricted space. However, we have the knowledge and experience to help you select the right plants to make the most of your small space.
To learn more about what best trees to plant around your home, talk to our team for advice and best practices.
When preparing your site, consider the environmental factors, like soil type, terrain and climate conditions. For example, if your soil is clay-based, you have to look at your options on what grows best on this soil.
It’s essential to prepare your site well to influence the plant's growth and survival. If you prefer our team to visit your home and provide advice on planting trees, we would be happy to help.
3. PlantIf you are planting the tree without any help from arborists, please follow our tips:
- Water the tree thoroughly before planting;
- Dig a hole at least twice the size of the tree roots;
- Before planting, gently loosen the root ball;
- Place the tree in the hole and adjust the soil to make sure the tree is well secured;
- Fill the gap with garden soil;
- Apply mulch around the tree to help retain moisture and keep the weeds out;
- Stake the young tree. Ideally, use two stakes, one on each side of the tree, and tie with flexible ties;
- Water well.