Step-by-Step Tree Planting Guide
1) Choose your site carefully.
Lots of people are going to be looking at your tree for many
years to come, so you should put some thought into the choice
Put a stake or shovel into the ground where you think you'd
like to plant your new tree, then look out the windows of your
house. Are your views nicely framed? Can you still see nicely
landscaped areas that you want to continue to see? Can you imagine
what the views will look like as the tree grows? How does the
placement look from the sidewalk and street? How will the tree
affect the walking paths, patios and play areas in your yard?
Will you have to move vegetable and flower gardens that now enjoy
2) Choose your tree carefully.
Once you have decided WHERE you want your new tree to be,
you must decide what KIND of tree you want to have there! Your
decision should be based on the tree's location, as its potential
size will be of major importance to the setting. Other considerations
include fruits and seeds (you might not want a sweet gum dropping
sharp seed balls under your kids' swing set!), and whether you
want flowers and if so, their color. Is it good for wildlife
if that is important to you? How much care and maintenance will
it require as it matures?