Planting a tree in Missouri adds beauty, provides shade and adds a sense of vitality to the area. A tree’s early years are definitive for its health and growth throughout its lifetime. By having knowledge on the type of soil a tree thrives in, how far a species’ roots spread, and the amount of water a new tree requires, a homeowner can ensure the healthy development of any tree they choose to add to their landscape. Here are some tips for healthy growth of a new tree.
Choose the Right Tree
Determining the correct type of tree for the environment you can provide is crucial. Consider the size of the site that you are choosing to plant a tree on. Choose a tree species whose root spread and overall spread of branches and limbs will not completely overtake the area (unless that is your intended result). Some root systems spread quite far, so ensure you allow enough space for the roots of a tree to wander naturally.
Before you plant a tree, also check the potential obstructions around a site. Driveways, sidewalks, building foundations, sewer lines and power lines are all obstacles to consider when deciding to plant a tree.
Provide Adequate Drainage
Drainage refers to the ease of entrance and exit of water from the ground on a specific site. Young trees do best in ground that provides good drainage, as the amount of water it takes in can be regulated more easily. If a tree is trying to grow in stagnant, dirty water, root rot can quickly develop and kill the tree.
You can check an area’s drainage quality by digging a small, deep hole in the ground and fill it up with water. Check back in a couple hours; if the water is still there, drainage is most likely an issue for that specific area. A raised soil bed about 12 to 18 inches off of the ground may be a solution if you are wanting to grow a smaller tree in that spot.
Ensure Soil Quality
The quality of the soil a tree grows in is vital to its health and longevity. High-quality soil has balanced pH levels. These pH levels may be altered by external elements, such as chemical pollutants. Have your soil tested before you plant a tree, and if necessary, have a tree care professional come and assist you in choosing and spreading new soil for the planting area.
Trees do best in soil that is moist, not soggy. In the first couple of growing seasons, water your tree regularly. Once the tree is established, it will require less and less water to be provided due to the reach of its root system to pull up water from the ground.
Plant and Grow in Healthy Conditions
In Missouri, a tree’s growth season starts in early spring and continues on until late summer, or early fall. During this time, a young tree on its way to maturity requires sufficient sunlight, water, and nutrients. Plant a tree early on in the year to provide it with a full growing season. Pruning a young tree can ensure the healthy development of its limbs throughout the years. These young trees are also able to handle more extensive change and stress that tree pruning provides, allowing more sunlight and water to reach the tree in its entirety.
With the right plan, place, and care, trees can reach their full potential. Jackson Tree Service has the professional knowledge and advice to help keep your trees healthy and luscious for years to come, proving tree care, tree pruning, and eventual tree removal in the St. Louis area.