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Fall Tree Planting in Denver – 7 Steps to Follow

Did you know that fall is the best season to plant trees? Your Denver tree service recommends to get planting as soon as possible so they plenty of time for roots to become established before the next growing season begins. Make sure to get them into the ground about six weeks before the hard frost. However, make sure to not fertilize your new tree as it encourages new growth, wait until the spring to do this. Also be sure to select a tree that is well suited for growing in Colorado.
  1. Once you’ve picked out your tree, dig a hole three times as wide as the tree and just as deep as the roots.
  2. Make sure to consider the surroundings of the tree. When the root system is mature, it may be run into patios, driveways, and sidewalks.
  3. If the tree comes in burlap, there is no need to remove it as it will decompose. If it comes in a container, make sure to carefully remove the container and loosen the roots so they aren’t bound together.
  4. Gently place the tree in the hole and fill with a mixture of native soil.
  5. If the soil has a lot of clay content, it can be helpful to add some peat moss.
  6. Make a two to three inch ridge around the tree so that water doesn’t escape before it soaks into the ground and gets to the tree. Ensuring that the soil around the tree stays moist until the ground freezes is essential for the survival of your new tree.  
  7. Try and water the planting once a week for the first month and thoroughly soak the root ball when doing so.
Fall planting allows trees to be equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following season and you can pick your tree based on the fall color it produces. Some of the best trees to plant in the fall include the maple, elm, pine, spruce, crab apple, ash, and many more. To get more fall tree planting advice, contact American Arbor Care, your reliable Denver tree specialist today!