Tips for Planting Evergreen Trees From Your Trusted Tree Care Company
February 4, 2021
Spring leaves many homeowners wanting to breathe new life into their home’s landscape design. While planting flower beds and adding shrubs to your property is a great way to make the design more dynamic, planting new trees is almost always a better investment. While the Denver climate can accommodate a wide variety of trees without trouble, few are as uniquely suited to the soil and the climate as evergreens. But before you plant your new evergreens on your property, you need to make sure everything is ready. Here are a few simple tips your local tree service wants you to keep. In mind when you start the planting process.
Choose the Right Evergreen
There are far more evergreens to choose from than you might think and each one offers different benefits to your landscape design. Before you head to the nursery, think about the type of tree you want on your property. For example, if you want an eye-catching evergreen that will stand out from other plants, consider adding a blue spruce. The needles provide a beautiful blue-green shade to your landscaping. If you want an evergreen that stays smaller, opt for a juniper or piñon tree. Both offer brilliant, deep green needles and typically grow no larger than 35 feet tall under ideal conditions.
Pick Your Spot Carefully
Choosing the perfect location to plant your new evergreen isn’t as simple as you might think. The spot needs to be far away from your house to reduce the risk of structural damage once the tree grows to full height. It needs to be in a part of the yard where kids and pets won’t interrupt its growth before it gets established in the soil and should offer a mix of sun and shade throughout the day. You’ll also want to think about how you’ll use the yard in the future and plant your trees in areas that you don’t want to use for anything else. If you’re not sure what location will work best for your property, ask your tree service for advice. They’ll be able to help you find the right locations in your yard.
Space Your Trees Appropriately
Once you have a few locations in mind, make sure the trees have enough space to grow and thrive. Remember, evergreens don’t just grow up—they also grow out. As a general rule, space your evergreen trees out by leaving about 15 feet between each new tree. This way, their branches and root systems can spread without encroaching on each other. This will help you get the most amount of growth and keeps your trees healthy in the long run. If you’re only adding one evergreen to your yard, make sure the trees around it are far enough apart to let the tree grow with ease. If you plant your trees too close together, you’ll need to move them in a few years if you want them to continue growing.
Dig the Hole Deep Enough
If you’re planting seedlings, digging the hole in your yard will be simple. It only needs to be a few inches deep—just enough to cover the roots and keep them protected from the elements. However, if you’re planting a tree that’s a few years old (or a few feet tall), you’ll need to dig a deeper hole. Look at the wrapping around the roots and dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the root ball. It should be several inches deeper than the top of the roots. This way, you’ll have enough soil to protect the upper layer of the roots from wind, sun, and extreme temperatures. Again, if you’re not sure how deep you need to dig or aren’t comfortable digging the hole yourself, talk to your landscaping expert.
Give the Soil a Little TLC
New trees take a few years to firmly establish themselves in your yard. However, there are a few things you can do to give them a helping hand. Spread fertilizer around the newly planted tree according to the schedule recommended by your landscaping team or the experts at the nursery. This will help replenish the nutrients in the soil so the tree can grow as fast as possible. The faster they can grow and the faster their roots can spread, the sooner you’ll have an established tree in place. Keep in mind that spreading too much fertilizer or spreading it too often can cause damage to newer trees. Use fertilizer sparingly and make sure it’s safe for evergreens before you add any to your yard.
Water Your Trees Well
Newly planted trees need regular watering if you want them to take root in your yard. Evergreens are no different. Get in the habit of watering those new additions at least a few times a week during the warmer months. You’ll want to keep the soil around the trees damp but not wet. This will ensure that the tree stays hydrated and won’t fall victim to diseases and other damage.
Avoid Staking the Tree
Some newer trees benefit from supportive stakes around the trunk. These lend strength to the trunks of younger trees, making them less vulnerable to the wind. But that doesn’t mean you need to stake every new tree on your property. In fact, staking evergreens can actually be bad for their health. They need the wind to strengthen their trunks so they can withstand the higher windspeeds when they’re older and more mature. If you’re truly worried about younger evergreens, pay attention to the way they move in the wind. If you notice them bending excessively or see warping in the trunks, stake the tree until the trunk straightens out.
Adding Evergreens to Your Property Is a Great Option
Evergreens are naturally drought-resistant and hardy trees that are perfect additions to any Denver landscape design. Just make sure you plant them properly and trim away any damaged or broken branches as soon as you notice them. If you need help maintaining your trees, contact our team as soon as possible. We’re here to help whether you have a grove full of oaks or long rows of evergreens on your property.