Now that our late spring in Ontario is over, the time for planting bare root trees is over.
Planting throughout the summer is a wonderful thing to do, however it has to be done carefully with post-planting attention absolutely crucial.
- Planting all native tree species in summer should be done with containerized saplings.
- The containerized tree should be at least a metre in height.
- Clear a circular area of at least 60 cm in diameter.
- Take the container off the tree and plant the tree carefully in a hole bigger than the soil ball.
- Make sure the roots are not tangled or tightly coiled and are free to grow downwards and sideways.
- Adding mulch to reduce water evaporation is a good idea and can be done using plastic, newspapers, old carpet or wood chips. If using wood chips, leave an area around the tree base clear and do not create a layer more that 5 cms in depth.
Establishing a lawn or garden in summer takes daily attention as we have to be aware of rainfall, pests and competition from weeds. The same approach applies to shrubs and trees.
For both newly planted and bare root saplings that you may have planted in April and May:
- Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to water them. Think about how you can efficiently keep them alive and thriving when (not if) drought sets in.
- Keep an eye on the grass surrounding the trees, making sure they are not overwhelmed.
- If you use a whipper-snipper, make sure that the trees are not damaged as you clear grass at the base of the tree during the summer.
Further detailed planting and maintenance information is available on our website under Caring for your maple.
In August, we will provide an update and advice on autumn planting.
John Cary RPF