Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
Trees cut down noise pollution by acting as sound barriers.
Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
Tree Planting Guide
Location conditions are extremely important and vital to a tree’s health. Make every effort to plant the Right Tree in the Right Location! Here are a few keys to deciding where to plant new trees.
|Choose the planting site carefully||Know the mature size of the species|
|Select from trees recommended for the soil types, climate, and location for planting||Make sure the tree will not affect existing utilities during growth and at maturity (power lines, gas lines, water lines, curb, and sidewalks)|
|Space trees apart to allow proper growth and light as required by species||Ensure visibility at intersections and driveways|
|Always call Blue Stakes before digging (1-800-662-4111)|
Be sure to examine the tree location conditions and follow these steps when planting your new tree:
- Check tree for quality (trees should have comparatively straight trunks, well developed leaders and tops, general good health, no damage to bark or trunk, and roots characteristic of the species showing evidence of proper nursery care).
- Pits dug for planting of bare-root plants shall be a minimum of 12" larger in diameter than the diameter of the root system so as to be of sufficient size to accommodate the roots without crowding. For balled trees, the pits shall be a minimum of 12" larger in diameter than the diameter of the ball of soil to allow proper backfill.
- Plants shall be planted no deeper than previously grown, with due allowance for settling.
- Only soil removed from the planting hole shall be used for backfill. No soil amendments shall be used. Care shall be taken to minimize disturbance to the root ball during the planting process. When the planting is completed, the entire root area at the time of planting shall be thoroughly saturated with water.
- No fertilizer should be applied at the time of planting.
- Excessive pruning at the time of transplanting should be avoided. Prune only broken or conflicting branches.
- Generally, trees should not be wrapped or guyed. However, if support is necessary materials shall be used and located on the tree so as not to girdle or cause serious injury to the tree or endanger public safety.
- Trees shall be planted between the months of March and November.