Tips For Planting Tree Seedlings

Dec 10th 2019

Planting trees is a simple and effective way to positively impact the environment — trees cleanse the air by absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen — and to increase the aesthetic value of both commercial and residential properties. While planting tree seedlings can help transform your yard or garden into an outdoor oasis, there are certain precautions to take in order to minimize stress to tree seedlings and to ensure trees are successfully established. Before you plant a tree seedling, consider the following tips from arborists in Gainesville, FL, with SkyFrog Tree Service. Contact us today to schedule tree services

Consider Planting Site Limitations

In addition to selecting the appropriate tree variety, considering the characteristics specific to your planting site — or any limitations of the area — is a key factor in the successful planting of tree seedlings. Available space is among the most overlooked and misunderstood consideration when deciding what tree to plant. Research what the tree will look like as it reaches full maturity and pay attention to the tree’s height, crown spread, and required root space. Review the Arbor Day Foundation’s basic tree spacing guide, and contact a certified arborist to select the proper spacing of trees from other plants and surrounding structures.

Plant During The Spring

Timing is everything when it comes to planting tree seedlings. In general, planting trees in spring — specifically for oak tree seedlings and fruit tree seedlings — or when the tree is dormant increases the likelihood that the tree will thrive. During Gainesville’s springtime, the soil is moist and temperatures are mild, which are both features that provide seedlings with the highest chance of success in terms of growth and longevity. We advise against planting tree seedlings during the fall and winter in order to avoid harsh conditions for sensitive seedlings.

Choose The Right Type Of Tree

A healthy backyard forest begins with careful planning prior to planting new trees. This is especially important during the process of selecting a variety of tree seedlings. A well-planned yard or garden contains tree varieties that grow well in your area in terms of sunlight, soil and moisture levels. For more information about the process of selecting trees suitable for your home or business’ landscape, contact our Gainesville arborists or refer to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map — the standard by which gardeners and growers determine what plants are most likely to thrive in a specific location.

Check The pH Level

Soil pH is a measurement of alkalinity or acidity of soil, and it’s measured on a scale of 1-14 with 7 as the mark for neutral — anything below 7 is considered acidic, while anything above 7 is considered alkaline. The soil’s pH should always be checked prior to planting a seedling. If the soil is too acidic or too alkaline, planted seedlings may fail to take root and grow. Do you know the pH of the soil on your property? You can find the answer to this question either by purchasing a pH testing kit or by scheduling tree care services with experienced arborists. 

Fertilize The Soil

Fertilizing the soil is an essential part of growing trees from seedlings. After planting a seedling, be sure to add fertilizer to the surrounding soil. Fertilizer provides the earth and soil with an additional nutrient boost, which can assist the seedling with growth and stability, and helps fend-off diseases and illnesses. The best way to increase the chances a tree seedling will thrive is to hire a professional tree service company. Arborists with SkyFrog Tree Service can help you establish a new tree and inform you about proper tree care for long-term health.

Avoid Touching The Roots

Tree seedling roots are among the most sensitive parts of any seedling. While it may seem like a difficult task, try to avoid touching roots on your seedlings during the planting process. Touching seedling roots can cause the seedling to become stressed and the roots to fail proper establishment. Prevent undue stress to the seedling’s roots by wearing gardening gloves while planting and working your way around the roots. Use caution if transferring a tree seedling from a pot.