As the Snows Melt, Time to Think Spring Planting!

Spring planting

Here in New York, when the spring breezes hit and warm sunshine calls you outside, many people’s thoughts turn to the garden. Have you been waiting to plant trees on your New York property? This fresh time of year presents an ideal opportunity to plant, provided the soil conditions cooperate.

Always keep in mind about where you are planting and what kind of tree or shrub should go there.  This diagram illustrates why this is important:

tree planting

Fruit Trees

Apple, cherry, pear, and peach trees display a gorgeous show in spring, and provide delicious fruit later on. It’s best to plant fruit trees in groups in order to ensure cross pollination. Fruit trees need to be planted in the spring in order to ensure established roots, too.  But you’ll need to wait until the ground dries out a little in the springtime.

If your soil is too wet, planting can result in root rot and fungus. Plant your new tree in direct sunlight and wait until the soil is moist, but not waterlogged.

You won’t likely see a decent crop of actual fruits the first season since most potted trees will be adjusting to the new soil conditions in the ground. Watch for a stunning display next spring, and make plans for fresh, homegrown fruit next summer.

Crabapple detail

Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

Spring and fall are ideal times to plant new deciduous and coniferous trees. You’ll need to gauge the moisture content of the soil as well, and consider the condition of your yard before hiring a tree planting service. Heavy equipment can damage soggy yards, and in extreme cases it may be better to wait a few weeks for the ground to dry out. That being said, the earlier the better when it comes to the plants concern.

Protection From Deer and Other Pests

Deer can wreak havoc on saplings and new trees during the early months of spring. Young trees are a juicy treat for local deer and low growing shrubs can become a feast for rabbits and other pests that are active in the springtime. Consider installing temporary fences around your new trees, in order to discourage the deer, and use screens and low barriers to keep the rabbits away.

deer raiding apples from tree
A relatively mild winter, early warmth and sunny days has everyone thinking spring already and forget about Winter. Well, this year, 2012, it sure does look like an early warm Spring. Give thoughts to planning planting at this time!

Spring presents a perfect opportunity to plant trees on your New York property. Contact us, Hill Treekeepers, and get planning and planting today.

Call (914) 214-7045