If you’ve ever thought about planting a tree, whether it be for curb appeal, for fruit production, or for sentimental reason – you’ve had a good thought! Planting trees is not only beneficial to you as a home or business owner because it adds curb appeal and value to your property, but it also benefits everyone around you. Trees filter the air around us, they contribute to beautiful landscapes and some of them even produce food! So yes, go ahead and plant a tree this winter. And you might as well do it now, since this is the best time of year to plant.
So now that you’ve decided to plant a tree, there are several questions you must ask yourself
- “Do I want the tree to be deciduous, or evergreen?” Deciduous means it will lose its leaves in the winter time.
- “Do I want the tree to produce fruit?” You can have citrus, pecans, peaches, plums, olives…
- “Do I want the tree to have pretty flowers?” What color? Strong fragrance?
- “Do I want a massive 30+ foot shade tree, or am I looking for a small tree less than 20 feet?” There are so many trees to choose from, you will definitely be able to find one that suits your desires!
After you’ve chosen the right tree for you, you’re ready to plant! You will need just a few things –
- A shovel - Dig the whole twice as wide as the container it was grown in, but not any deeper! You don’t want the tree to settle below the soil level.
- Some extra garden soil - Mix in some garden soil with the soil that came out of the hole that you dug. It is important for the tree to get used to the soil that it will be living in for the rest of its life!
- Root Stimulator! - Using a root stimulator at this time of year will help the tree to become established and put out new roots before the heat of the summer months.
- Tree stakes - If the tree is large enough or if it wants to lean in one direction, be sure to use tree stakes to hold the tree in place for the first year or two while it puts out anchor roots.
- Mulch - Mulching around a newly planted tree helps to protect the roots and hold in moisture.
And as always, if you have any questions about planting your new tree or any other general gardening questions don’t hesitate to contact your local Louisiana Nursery!