Although it may be hard to believe, we’re quickly approaching tree-planting season in Oregon. Shade and ornamental trees should be planted during the dormant season when they have no leaves. For Southern Oregon, this falls between November and April. You should never plant trees during hot, dry weather. However, now is the perfect time to walk your property and figure out where to plant trees in your yard to provide you more shade in future years.
Four Tips for Planning Where to Place Trees:
- Make sure there is enough room for the tree’s crown and roots to grow. Trees are small when you transplant them, but imagine what that tree will look like as it matures. The base and trunk of the tree will need considerable room, but also, the roots will need a vast area where they can spread and flourish. Avoid planting trees too close together or next to sidewalks and structures.
- Look up to see if there’s anything above where the tree will go. Obviously, trees will grow tall, but also consider the width of a mature tree. Avoid planting trees below or nearby power lines. A utility line 15 feet away may become an issue if the tree has a wide span of branches in ten years. Ideally, all trees should be at least 25 feet away from any overhead obstructions.
- Evaluate the soil. As with other plants, trees need good soil to grow and thrive. The best soil is loose and uncompacted, so the roots can readily absorb oxygen. Amend sandy or clay soil with compost to increase the air space. Areas closest to homes and structures tend to be more compact, so choosing a location away from buildings allows your tree to spread out further and grow better.
- Consider your purpose for planting trees. Trees serve many functions, from providing shade to being a barrier to sound and wind. The purpose of your tree will help determine the type to purchase and will likely come with unique requirements. Fruit and nut-bearing trees can be messy and attract animals, so placing them further from your living space is usually recommended. On the other hand, many ornamental trees can be pruned and kept tidy, making them ideal for areas closer to homes and decks.
When you’re ready to plant your trees, get your soil and materials from Hilton Landscape Supply.
If it goes in your yard, you can probably find it at Hilton Landscape Supply! Whether your yard needs a fresh load of soil, a new layer of mulch, or the best fertilizers and nutrients for your area, Hilton Landscape Supply is the place to go. We’ve been serving Southern Oregon and Northern California since 1956, so we know what works best for growing healthy plants and vegetation in our regions. Stop by our retail store in Central Point or contact us for more information about all the products we carry to enhance your garden and outdoor living areas.