When should I plant my tree and why?
The best time to plant a tree is in the winter months, December and January. Unlike the canopy of the tree, roots grow in all seasons of the year if the soil temperature is above freezing. Since we live in Texas, the soil temperature will rarely be below freezing and the roots are always active.
The reason we recommend planting in the winter months is that the upper part of the tree is dormant, so there is much less demand on the root system. In the winter months, especially toward early spring, the roots grow and begin to mine the soil getting ready for the Spring leaf growth and the coming summer months. Planting in the winter helps the root system establish itself before the demand of the growing season.
Why do nurseries sell all their products in the spring then?
The Spring is when demand is the highest because the leaves are out. Not many people want to walk into a nursery and look at a small stick poking out of a pot without any leaves on it. Otherwise they won’t know what the tree looks like!
Can I plant my tree in other seasons as well?
While we believe that there is a higher survival rate if planted in the winter, yes trees can be planted year-round. The least recommended time to plant a tree would be the summer as the heat in Texas is likely to roast the tree before it can establish itself.
How often should I water my newly planted tree?
The best test is to walk outside, poke a finger in the ground and if the ground is dry, water it. The goal is to keep the ground somewhat damp. Imagine that you were digging a hole in the forest, the soil would be moist, but not soaked or dry. Try to mimic this. The exact amount of water is hard to tell because of different soil types. Sandy soil dries out quickly, while clay tends to hold moisture If it soaks in at all.
Texas usually has clay-like soil, which requires a thorough soaking for the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Therefore, we usually recommend a deep watering once per week for most of the year. If the weather is above 90 degrees outside, we might recommend twice per week. Deep watering consists of soaking the entire root zone of the tree with about 1 – 1.5” of water. If you have an irrigation system, we suggest putting a tuna can in your yard and noting when it fills to the top. This is about 1” of water.
What type of tree should I plant in Texas?
There are many varieties of trees that work well in Texas. We usually recommend trees that have been native to Texas for the past 100 years. Your choice is going to depend on what your preference is, the soil, light, and size of the area you are planting, and the availability of the tree you select. For a comprehensive list, we recommend the Texas A&M Forest Service tree selector guide at this link. http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/ViewAllTrees.aspx
If you still aren't certain, please give us a call for a consultation and we'll send an arborist out to give more specific recommendations based on your specific situation.
What size trees does Tree Shepherds plant?
Tree Shepherds can plant a 45-gallon tree or smaller ourselves. If our clients wish to plant a larger tree, we will work with you and our other tree providers to get you exactly what you want. Call us if you have any more questions. 972-317-9598.
We are based in Highland Village, Texas and primarily serve Denton County and the North DFW areas: Argyle, Bartonville, Carrollton, Copper Canyon, Corinth, Denton, Double Oak, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Justin, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, Ponder, Roanoke, Sanger, Shady Shores, and The Colony