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Just like your lawn, trees need care and feeding to thrive.


Healthy trees are an asset. They provide cooling shade, habitat for birds, and can increase the value of your property. This information is provided to help you care for the trees around your residence.


Whether you are an avid gardener or a low-maintenance property owner, there are a few rules of thumb when it comes to tree planting tips. At Northern Tree Services, we are always happy to help home and business owners who would like to enhance their landscape

1. Unpot the Tree


Speed matters. Don't let the roots or rootball dry out. Care matters also. Don't let the roots or rootball break. Your tree or shrub either will be "bare-rooted" and wrapped in some sort of protective substance or will come with the roots in a ball of dirt in some kind of container to hold it together — a peat pot, burlap, wire basket or bag. If it's a metal pot, cut off the pot with tin snips. Tear it off if it's made of paper. You have to get as much of the wrapping off as possible without actually harming the rootball. This may have you struggling with knives, wire cutters, etc. Untreated burlap can, if necessary, be planted with the tree.


2. Set Tree in Hole


Then spread out the roots. If you see any girdling, damaged, or circling roots, cut them off. Try to lay the roots out in a way that they make good, straight contact with their new soil.

3. Fill in Dirt


Place dirt over and around your tree. Don't add peat moss or fertilizer to the soil when covering the tree roots.It does more harm than good to spot fertilize a newly planted tree because it can significantly change the composition in the adjacent soil, altering drainage. The result is a tree that's liable to be abnorally wet or too driy.

Stomp dirt all around it to be firm and create a depression into which water can settle.

4. Care After Planting


Like any crop, young trees benefit if they are irrigated, fertilized and weeded. Water them at least twice a week and keep weed and grass competitors form choking them of nutrients and water. You can also spread mulch around them to keep the weeds out and moisture in. If your trees do not have a healthy green appearance or are not growing as expected, they may need fertilizer. Spread some manure from your barnyard and cover with mulch. However, there's such a thing as too much nitrogen, so spread it in a reasonable amounts..