A tree can be your home’s best friend. It can provide shade in the heat of summer, protect from winter winds, reduce electric bills and improve your home’s resale value.
Identifying the right tree for the right location makes a huge difference in its success. When choosing, siting and planting a tree, ask your Home Depot Garden Center associate or a certified arborist for advice.
Identify the Right Tree:
- Diversity is important. Plant a variety of trees, not too many of the same.
- Consider planting natives. They grow well, require less care and water.
- Talk to your Garden Center associate to determine what trees are best for you and your yard.
Identify the Right Place for the Tree:
- Determine how much sun the site receives. Most trees like full sun, but many need shade.
- Pick a spot that will accommodate many years of future growth.
- Make sure the tree is planted at least 15’ away, even when fully grown, from above ground wires, underground pipes or wires, and permanent structures like the roof of your house or garage.
- Plant shade trees on the south or west side of the house for best results.
Identify Proper Planting Methods:
- Dig a hole 4 to 5 times the width of the root ball, and just about as deep.
- Use a tarp to collect dirt. Mix in fertilizer or compost.
- Leave 1” of the root ball above ground to prevent water from collecting and causing the tree to rot.
- Back fill the hole with soil mix and gently compact the soil around the root ball. Do not cover the top of the root ball with new soil.
- Water slowly and deeply for an hour. Water regularly for the first few years as the tree gets established.
- Cover the planting hole with 1″-3” of shredded hardwood or leaf mulch. Keep mulch 2″-3″ away from the trunk. Do not over-mulch the tree or “volcano” mulch.
- Stake if needed.
It’s never too late to grow trees, but don’t wait any longer. Trees take years to reach maturity and shade potential.