Break out the Shovel for Spring Planting
With spring around the corner it is time to consider outdoor upgrades and renovations. Perhaps it is also time to begin landscaping and planting new shrubs or trees. If a new tree is in your lawn's future, there is no better time to start digging than early spring.
This time works best for planting because the cool weather allows the plant's roots to take hold and grow without the stress of leaf production and accelerated growth. Early April is potentially the best time to get fresh roots in the ground since bountiful rainfall helps a plant acclimate without intense heat or cold. In addition, damaging snowfall is much more unlikely in April.
Maple trees are a beautiful option as a yard adornment. Shrub-style maples generally grow between eight and 20 feet tall, while potentially filling out to 50 feet wide. Larger species can grow to be in excess of 100 feet in height. They require partial to full sun and come in a variety of species each with their own particular style.
Oak trees are another popular choice that can add beauty and function. They are an excellent source of shade and look outstanding when the leaves change come fall. Oak trees grow to be about the same size as the aforementioned maples, however, they have the potential to grow 20 feet wider. They too require partial to full sun.
Both types of tree require a hole one to two feet wider than the root ball and as deep as the ball is in height. Roughen up the soil on the inside of the hole to make rooting easier. The tree can be planted with a burlap sack still intact if that is how it was packaged. The plant's roots can grow through the sack as it begins to rot away. Young trees will need constant watering, which is why early in the season is ideal.
Vegetation needs the initial time to lay down roots; however, some planters prefer to see immediate flowering and growth. Introducing these trees in early spring can provide the best of both worlds. The temperature and potential for rain allow the plant to acclimate, while the fast-approaching warm weather and sun will provide quick gratification when it comes to growth.