Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way

Trees provide many benefits for us and our world.  They provide carbon sequestration, filter the air, control flooding and erosion, provide food and habitat for many different organisms, provide cooling relief from the hot sun, and aesthetically increase the beauty of our landscapes and natural settings.  However, those benefits are never fully gained if the tree dies prematurely, or is grossly disfigured to keep it out of utility lines.

  • When selecting a tree to plant it is important to consider your intended function and location to pick the right tree.
  • Take note of nearby utilities, both overhead and underground.  These will decide what type of tree should be planted. (i.e. don't plant an oak or large tree under an overhead power line.)
  • Do you want a privacy block?  Shade?  Wildlife food?
  • Good planning ensures the tree has the best chance for survival and allows you to reap the many benefits they provide.

We all know trees are nice to have around.  If the tree is right for the spot, it will be a valuable asset to the landscape.  If it's poorly planned, it will be costly or non-existent in the future.  

  • Ready to plant a tree and make an investment in your property?  
  • Do yourself a favor.  Do it correctly by doing your homework.  Due diligence reaps benefits.
  • We provide selection consultation to help you make the right choice.
  • We will do the planting and installation for you to ensure it's done right, the first time.

Want to plant a tree yourself?  Go ahead!  It's a great activity.  

Here's a few tips:

This 'October Glory' red maple was around 8 inches too deep.  We excavated this tree to original soil level, then planted at that level.

Balled & burlap trees are commonly deeper than the original soil line, due to the nature of the B&B process.  Potted trees also get too deep due to several re-potting processes.  

Planting at the top of the rootball would set the tree too deep, eventually drowning/suffocating it.  Many times they live for a few years then die "unexpectedly".  When planting, gently remove soil on top of the root ball until you see the root flare.  This is the correct grade to plant at.  

Remember to mulch as wide as possible and keep it thin (~3" layer).  Mulch conserves water and conditions the soil, but too much is as bad as none.  Don't pile mulch around your tree!

Some good tree wrap is recommended for the trunk to help prevent sun scald and trunk injury.  Leave it on for a year or so.  This lets the tree acclimate to its new orientation and toughen up the bark.

When staking, keep lines just a bit slack.  This lets the tree create it's own support where it needs it.  Too tight can girdle the trunk.

Had no soil removal taken place, the dark area on the trunk would have been buried, setting the tree too deep.

You may think: anybody can plant a tree.  That is correct, but it DOESN'T mean that tree will stay alive and grow to be a healthy, strong, inspiration many years into the future.  

Remember: Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way.

Trees are plagued by:

  • improper planting depth
  • poor placement and conflicts (present or future) with utilities, structures, etc.
  • poor trimming & maintenance practices
  • poor mulching techniques, i.e. mulch volcanoes
  • human negligence, i.e. lawnmower & weed-eater damage
  • improper staking practices


mulch volcanoes lead to many problems that can kill a tree

mulch volcanoes lead to many problems that can kill a tree