Planting Perennials: All You Need To Know To Get Started

Planting perennials is an investment that lasts for life. How good this investment will become in the future depends on some factors such as; type of tree chosen, location, and care. Caring for your tree will help it grow to its full size. You will enjoy all the natural, economic, and social benefits. If you want to plant some perennial trees, you will find this article helpful. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about planting trees. 

Planting Perennials: All You Need To Know To Get Started

When To Plant A Tree

Trees should be planted after leaf drop or before bud break in the early spring. The weather is cool and allowing plants to develop roots before the spring rains and summer heat intensifies growth. However, you can plant healthy balled and burlapped or container plants during the rainy season, as long as you can care for them sufficiently.  For tropical and subtropical climates, where trees grow throughout the year, you can plant the trees anytime in the year, provided there is enough water. Fall really is a great time for you to add a tree to your yard!

Stress Associated With Planting

Once dug at the nursery, balled and burlapped trees lose a large portion of their root system. Due to this, trees usually experience what is referred to as “Transplant Shock.” Transplant shock can be known as a condition of slow growth and poor vitality after transplant. Container trees may also experience transplant shock, especially if they have round or kinked roots that need to be removed. However, with proper preparation of the site, careful handling to prevent major root damage, and good follow up, the treatment you can get your trees to recover quickly.

Planting Perennials: All You Need To Know To Get Started

Steps For Planting Perennials

  • First of all, identify the trunk flare. The trunk flare can be found at the base of the tree where the trunk extends. Once the tree is planted, the trunk flare should be partly clear.
  • Dig a small, wide hole to plant. Holes should be twice as big as the root ball but should share the same depth as the root ball.
  • Remove the containers, or cut off the basket string. Then, inspect root balls for container trees to surround roots and straighten or slice them.
  • Make sure the tree is placed at an appropriate elevation. The hole must be dug carefully to the appropriate depth. If the tree is planted too deeply, new roots may have trouble growing.
  • Place the tree straight in the hole. Someone should check the tree from several angles before backfilling to ensure that it is straight out.
  • Carefully fill in the hole but do that firmly. Pack up the soil to stabilize it around the root ball base.
  • Mulch the tree’s foundation. Mulch is an organic matter that is scattered around a tree’s base to retain moisture, mitigate high soil temperatures, and reduce the competition for grass and weed.

In conclusion, planting a tree is an excellent investment for the future is not only that it improves the life and fulfill the essential needs of mankind, but it also serves as a source of natural resources and so much more

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