New Tree Establishment

Trees are a significant part of our landscaping. Whether only one is planted at a time or many are planted at once, they must be planted properly or the tree will quickly die. If the tree is required by an ordinance and dies, you will be required to pay to replace them so it is beneficial to do it properly the first time. When you need assistance with new tree establishment in Gainesville, let SkyFrog Tree service help.

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Gainesville Tree Establishment Standards

When you are planting new trees, federal and local regulations require certain standards to improve the likelihood that they will survive. The tree that is being planted must have a diameter of at least two inches and has been grown in a container or balled-and-burlapped. Because the soil is so integral in providing trees with nutrients, it must first reach satisfactory standards before the tree is planted. The soil should have a pH level somewhere between 5.8 and 7.0, and have at least five percent organic matter. It will also need to be aerated eight inches beneath the topsoil. The actual hole that you place the tree into must be about two to three times larger than the root ball itself and can’t be less than three feet in any one direction. The hole should not be deeper than the root ball and it should be either slightly above the ground or just beneath the surface.

Commercial Tree Planting

Often when land is developed to build new office buildings, the government will require you to plant a certain amount of trees. It should be noted that out of all of the new trees, only 30 percent are permitted be the same species. If you are planting trees in a parking lot, you will need to choose tree species that are ideal for that setting. These trees will also need to have sufficient soil surface area or your tree may become stunted. For example, very small trees require at least 25 square feet while large trees require at least 400 square feet of exposed surface area.

New Trees for Your Residential Property

Research has shown that trees can cause a 4 percent to 27 percent increase in the value of your property. If you are planting a new tree in your front lawn, keep in mind that it is better to plant smaller trees. They require less time to become established, cost less and have a better chance of surviving. You will also need to set aside the required time to lay mulch, irrigate the tree regularly and apply fertilizer.

How to Care for Your New Tree

When you are establishing a new tree, it will need a fair amount of care afterwards. You will need to remove all dead and broken branches when you place it in the ground. The new tree must be watered every day for two months and then once every two days for three months. After this time period, you can reduce it to once a week. You must also apply two to three inches of fresh mulch in a circle around the base of the tree with a diameter of two feet. This helps prevent other plants from competing for nutrients or water. One month after you plant your tree, fertilize it with slow-release nitrogen.

Consult Qualified Gainesville Arborists

When trees are first planted, they are extremely fragile and vulnerable to drought, disease and pests. If poor techniques are used to plant your tree, it will have no chance of survival. That is why it is vital to contact a Gainesville arborist. Arborists know the most recent techniques and practices for tree establishment to increase the chances of successfully establishing your tree. An arborist can effectively plant your tree and inform you about proper care afterward.

Experienced Tree Care Companies in Gainesville, FL

If you are looking for an arborist in Gainesville, FL, choose SkyFrog Tree Service. We have several arborists on our staff and more than 40 years of experience to provide you with superior results. If you are considering adding a plant to your residential or commercial property, contact our office today to learn more.