Tree Planting Services
‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.’ Anonymous
Mortality of landscape trees regularly reaches 30% in the first year after planting and many more don’t make it past year three. The high mortality rate can be contributed to the following:
- Planted in poor compacted soils – low soil fertility compounded by little or no drainage from the planting hole.
- Planting too deep.
- Improper mulching – mulch too high around the trunk.
- Girdling roots – a common problem with container grown and improperly planted trees.
- Lack of post planting maintenance – improper application of water and organic material.
The vast majority of trees planted in the urban environment are planted improperly; typically the hole is dug only slightly larger than the root ball in harsh, compacted soils. The new roots are unable to penetrate the compacted soil at the edge of the hole so they concentrate in the hole, which causes girdling roots, or they grow out along the surface interfering with turf conditions.