Planting a tree may sound daunting, but it’s easier than you think. Follow these tips to start growing big, attractive, property value increasing trees.

Tree Choice

Choose a tree ideal for your climate. Native specimens are adapted to the specific rain and temperature of your location and therefore may have a less difficult time flourishing. They’ll also probably have what the neighbourhood birds and other backyard wildlife want as well. You might think you want to keep these “pests” from your trees, but remember, animals and plantlife often have symbiotic relationships. Animals eat bugs and prevent trees from becoming infected and diseased.

Consider whether you want a deciduous or coniferous specimen. Fruit and nut bearing trees are two very popular choices. Ask your nursery about the elevation your tree will achieve at maturation, as well as its form and circumference, and think about how it will fit into your yard.

Choose A Proper Site For Your Tree

Make certain there are no wires over your tree. Trees near powerlines can be very hazardous. Try not to plant around underground plumbing where the roots might cause a costly obstruction. Be sure to consider eyelines as well. When trees are grown, they might block sun or vision from certain windows. If you are considering planting more than one tree, think about their placement. A line of trees on the north side will act as a windbreak throughout the winter.

When To Plant

Each tree species varies, but spring and autumn are the optimal times to plant deciduous trees. Conifers can be planted in the spring and in August to the end of October. Check with the local nursery for the best planting dates for your region.


A high phosphorus fertilizer applied at planting time will stimulate root growth. Make sure to apply fertilizer as your tree grows as well. Trees take nutrients from your soil and will slowly deplete them over time. This may affect your other plantlife and may keep your tree from growing as tall as it can.


Clear an area about 3 times the size of the diameter of the tree’s root ball. Make sure to remove any weeds, groundcover, or grass in that the area so your tree won’t have to fight for water and nutrients. Dig a hole two times bigger than the root ball and as deep as the root ball.


You’re not finished yet – your tree needs you to help it grow. Be sure to water your root ball regularly. Don’t allow the roots to dry out or your tree might die. Continue to water once a week for the 1st year. However, be sure to check with your nursery if your specimen and/or local climate require any special watering treatment. Mulch is a great way to help your new tree retain moisture and provide it with vital nutrients. Spread a layer 2 to 3 inches deep around your clearing, but not within six inches around your tree’s trunk. Mulch is especially recommended if lack of rain is a concern.

About Arbor Care Tree Services

Are you looking for an arborist in Oakville/Mississauga? Arbor Care Tree Services offers tree planting and pruning services to Oakville, Mississauga, and all surrounding areas. Contact us today to get big beautiful trees in your lawn and backyard.