When it comes to planting trees, there are a lot of different opinions about when the best time to plant is. Ultimately, there is no single correct answer. The best time to plant a tree varies, based on region, seasonal weather, and the length of the seasons. Here in Michigan, one of the more consistent opinions is that spring is the best time to plant a tree. Here are a few of our top spring tree planting tips to help you take advantage of the perfect timing.
Tree planting season depends on many different factors, two of the most important being the length and weather of the seasons in the region. In places like Washington, where the summers are extremely hot and dry while the falls are long and cool, the best time to plant a tree is in the fall. This protects the young tree from having to withstand the rigors of that tough summer. Here in Michigan, where our springs are long and wet and our summers aren’t to hot or dry, the best time to plant a tree is the spring.
Our wet and warm springs are great for young trees because irrigation is essential. Making sure your tree has enough water encourages the growth of new branches, leaves, and roots. During our Michigan spring, you won’t have to worry about your new tree getting enough water. Summer weather in Michigan isn’t too hot or too dry, ensuring your tree won’t have to endure too much stress. Because of this, spring tree planting in Michigan allows your young tree to grow strong and healthy before the long and cold winter.
Before beginning the planting process, decide on what kind of tree you want. There are plenty of different types to choose from. Evergreens, like pines and firs, are great for privacy and protection against the winter winds. Flowering trees, like dogwood trees and crabapple trees, add beautiful pops of color to your yard while inviting pollinators and birds to your landscape. Shade trees, like weeping willows and northern catalpa trees, help you beat the heat in the summer. You could also consider trees that have beautiful fall colors, like sugar maples and scarlet oak trees, to give you your own personal fall show.
Once you’ve determined the tree that you want to plant, you can choose the perfect location. Take into account the expected height and width of your tree over the years. Avoid planting too close to your home to protect from future damage from extending branches or meandering roots. Watch out for power lines, plumbing, and any other lines coming from your home to avoid future headaches.
Yes, spring is the best time to plant trees in Michigan. However, planting trees too early does more harm than good. That’s why it’s important to wait until after the last frost of the year. Don’t plant when the ground is too wet and soggy either. Give your fresh grass a day or more to dry out after the snow melts.
When digging the hole to plant your new tree, only dig deep enough to fit the root ball in. Digging the hole too deep or too shallow can cause your tree to struggle to stay healthy. Digging the right sized hole allows your tree to stay healthy at this pivotal stage of its young life.
Finally, you can plant your baby tree. Place the root ball in the hole, making sure that the hole isn’t too shallow or deep. Fill the hole in with fresh topsoil while holding the tree straight to encourage strong and sturdy growth.
Once the tree has been planted, water it immediately. Give it a nice deep drink of 2-5 gallons of water. Avoid losing any of the water through runoff by pouring it in slowly. This ensures the roots get every last bit of that life-bringing water.
It’s best to trust your spring tree planting to the experts. Here at Images Landscaping & Construction, we know Michigan trees. Our experts can help you plant your tree in the perfect location, ensuring it’s given the best chance at growing to its full potential and living a long and healthy life.
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