What You Should be Thinking When Planting a Tree

What You Should be Thinking When Planting a Tree

Summer is winding down. Can you believe it?

For some regions, the high temperatures many of us typically expect to experience in July and August rarely made appearances this season. Yet, it’s already time to start thinking about fall planting, as temperatures will only continue to gradually decrease.

Now that it’s nearly one of the best times of the year to plant a tree, it’s important to know how and why you should plant the right tree in the right place.

Read below for tree planting questions from Jessica Walliser and Doug Oster, co-hosts of KDKA NewsRadio 1020’s “The Organic Gardener” who chat with one of Davey’s Pittsburgh-area district managers every other Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. for “Talking Trees.” Dick Till, assistant district manager of the Davey South Pittsburgh residential tree care office, offers his tree planting advice:

JW: What should people be thinking about as they’re making choices on which kinds of trees to plant in their landscapes?

Dick Till (center), Davey’s South Pittsburgh assistant district manager, joins Jessica Walliser (left) and Doug Oster, co-hosts of KDKA NewsRadio 1020’s “The Organic Gardener” segment.

DT: One of the main things to consider when planting trees is, “What’s the purpose of your trees?” Do you want an ornamental tree that will be flowering in the springtime? A little foresight and planning go a long way. You have to do a little homework to find the mature height of the plant, as well as the mature width of the plant, for example.

DO: When would you say is the ideal time to start planting trees?

DT: You can actually plant trees at any time of the year; you just have to be conscientious about watering the trees. Ideally, spring or fall, when Mother Nature is helping out with watering, are better times to plant trees.

JW: When people say, “Which kind of tree should I plant here?” you may ask, “What are you looking for? Are you looking for a flowering tree, a shade tree, or are you looking for an evergreen tree?” Those are all things to consider. But should certain qualities of trees also be considered when making that choice?

DT: Yes, definitely. You want to make sure your tree will grow in your region’s hardiness zone. Here in Pittsburgh, our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is generally a 5. So, for example, you can’t try to plant crape myrtles (from the south) up here; it usually doesn’t work out so well.

Contact us to meet with your local Davey professionally trained arborist to determine which trees to plant in your own landscape!

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