April 7

Q&A: Planting Trees in the Spring



Many people try to plant trees during the spring, and we always hear some of the same questions. Here are some of the FAQs about locations, methods, and types of trees. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us.

Q: How can I pick the best area of my yard to plant a tree?

A: When you are planting trees, there are a few things you should do according to the Indiana City Foresters. First, you should consider just how big the tree is going to get – will it hit anything in a few years. Consider your house, other trees, power lines, and overhang. You also want to consider the root system. Then, you will want to check the soil: will it accommodate growth? Finally, you should consider what you want the tree for: shade? fruit? protection? Look at all of these before you even think about planting a tree!

Q: How do I plant a tree?

A: First you will have to determine if you have a potted tree or a bare root tree. The process is similar, but there are some key differences. The biggest thing to know is that you should work for the tree, not make the tree work for you. Do not trim roots or bend them to fit into the hole. The best way to explain how to plant a tree is through videos. Here are videos that will help you out:

How to Plant a Potted Tree:

How to Plant a Bare Roots Tree:

Q: What kind of trees are the best to plant?

A: If you ask us, any tree is the best tree to plant! Trees are great for the environment, make everything more beautiful, and encourage healthy ecosystems. However, there are trees that are easier to plant and easier to care for. Our suggestions are: Red Maple,  Red and White Oak, Flowering Dogwood, Sycamore, American Elm, River Birch, American Holly, Redbud, and of course our state tree, the Liriodendron tulipifera or the Tulip Tree.

If you have any tree care needs, please give our Indianapolis tree service a call and we will be happy to assist you!

Photo Courtesy of USFS Region 5 on Flickr!


Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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