How to Plant Trees Around Your Garden

dad and children planting a treeIf your fence isn’t high enough, and you want more privacy, then you can plant trees around your garden to block the view of nearby neighbors or businesses. Planting the right tree in the right way will not only give you the privacy you need but also provide a shade and beauty. However, planting trees isn’t quite as simple as just digging a hole and dropping a tree. While this is a short version of the process, there are a few other things you have to consider to be sure the trees grow health and strong for a long time. Here is more information on how to plant trees.

 Best Plants for Privacy

Evergreen trees are the best choice for privacy screens as they don’t lose their leaves during winter and protect your yard from prying eyes even in a cold weather. Some good choices include Leyland cypress, Berckman’s golden arborvitae, camellia japonica, emerald arborvitae, dense yew, savannah holly, sweet olive and wax myrtle.

If you decide to go for deciduous trees, then you can choose dwarf pink almond, forsythia, nikko blue hydrangea, northern bayberry and red twig dogwood.


1. Check available space

Before you start planting your trees, you have to consider the space available in your garden. If you don’t have much space, then go for the dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties of the tree. If you have enough space to accommodate large trees, then go for the standard variety.

 2. Type of soil

Another important thing you have to consider is the type of soil the tree prefers. Some trees prefer dry soil, while others grow well in damp soil. Therefore, do some preliminary research on the different types of trees and their specific needs. However, most trees can tolerate a wide range of soil types, provided the soil is well drained.

 3. Weather

Consider the best time to plant your trees. Newly planted trees get their best start when they don’t have to content with extreme weather, either cold or hot. In many places, this is usually during or fall. In places where extreme cold is not a factor, you can plant your trees during winter.

 4. Materials

Before you start planting your tree, make sure you have all the necessary materials. The materials include, trees, spade, fork, cane, stake, tree tie, mulch and gardening gloves. When buying the trees, talk to your local nursery to find out what species of trees do well in your area.

 How to Plant Trees

1. Dig a hole

Once you have selected the best spot to plant your trees, start digging a hole. Dig a hole 2 times as large as the roots of your tress, but a little less deep. A much deeper hole may cause the young tree to sink when planted. Instead, puncture base and sides using your garden-fork to encourage roots to penetrate.

2. Prepare your tree

Open the burlap bag, cut out the bottom and through the sides of a fiber pot or remove the plastic pot entirely. Use your own fingers to tease outer roots of the tree away from root ball. By doing this, you will encourage these roots to spread to surrounding soil, helping this tree establish, and this is very important if your tree is rout-bound.

 3. Position your tree

Once your tree is ready, position it with the ‘good’ side. The tree should be planted facing in your preferred direction. This could be towards your home or towards a road.

4. Plant your tree

Once the tree is well positioned in the hole, start to fill the hole using the soil that was originally in the hole. Fill the bottom third of the hole and then tamp the soil down with your foot to remove any air pockets. Water the tree and then finish filling in the hole; tamp the soil down and water thoroughly once again.

5. Create a berm

Finish up by using the leftover soil to create berm, or a small wall, around the circumference of the hole about 2-3 inches high. This wall will help hold water and direct it down towards the roots.

6. Add tree a wooden stake

Choose a stake that will reach a third of the way up the trunk. Using a mallet, hammer it into the ground at an angle of about 45 degree, with the top facing the prevailing wind. Attach a tree tie at the point where the tree and the stake meet. Use a space to prevent them from rubbing together.

7. After care

Add a layer of mulch around the base of your new tree to keep the roots moist and to provide nutrients. Make sure the tree receives enough water for the first 2 years. Check and loosen ties frequently. The ties can be removed when your tree become fully established.

Repeat this process with your other trees.

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