Earlier this month, we discussed the benefits of adding new trees. From improving breathability to increasing coolness and energy efficiency, trees have a big impact on your life. However, how do you go about adding trees? There are a lot of myths out there about planting trees. Are they true? We explore a few tree planting myths in this article.
Pruning in Advance
There is a belief that you should prune a tree before planting it, especially when an area appears dead. The dilemma with this technique is that you maybe pruning too early. Trees regain a dead areas nutrients. Thus, it’s critical to allow the tree to go through its normal process before pruning. If you do not, you maybe causing the tree to lose valuable nutrients. Leave the tree alone and do not prune before you plant it.
A common tree planting myth is that planting needs to be really deep to allow for the tree to take root but this is inaccurate. In fact, if you plant a tree too deep then you run the risk of keeping nutrients and water away. These vital vitamins tend to be nearer the surface so planting it deeply will restrict access to them.
Use Tight Bracing
Many individuals think that bracing new trees to make them sturdy is crucial. This is partially true. While bracing your new tree is important, you shouldn’t make it too tight. The tree must be allowed to still sway. This movement allows trees to get much needed calcium so it can be healthy.
Mulch is good for keeping moisture and nutrients but there are limits. More in not always better. Keep the depth at no more than 3 inches of mulch to ensure that you aren’t suffocating the tree with mulch.
If you have questions or unsure of the tree planting myths or how to plant a tree, contact the certified arborist at Sexy Trees.