Planting Big Trees: What Are the Risks?

Trees are an important part of your landscape, helping improve your property’s visual appearance, energy efficiency, and value. Studies have shown that trees can help increase your property’s value by up to 15% and reduce your cooling needs by 30%. 

Unfortunately, when establishing a new landscape, you may not have the patience to wait for young trees to mature. Depending on your location, tree species, and other factors, it can take up to 30 years for a small tree to grow tall. 

If you don’t want to wait all these years to enjoy the benefits of your trees, planting larger trees is a better option. However, you may encounter several risks. In this blog post, we discuss the risks of planting big trees, according to Lousville’s professional tree service specialist. 

Damage During Transportation

One of the major risks of planting big trees is damage sustained while loading and transporting the tree to its final location. This process requires a massive telescopic handler, which can be challenging to operate with a 20-foot tree in the front. 

It’s critical to perform this task slowly and cautiously to avoid dropping the tree or breaking the branches. Otherwise, you’ll lose money replacing the damaged tree. 

Choosing the Right Location

To ensure the tree will thrive in its new location, you must plant it in the right spot on your property that will meet the tree’s soil, moisture, and sunlight needs. 

You’ll need to hire landscape professionals to perform a soil test to determine your property’s soil composition before planting. The tests will also help determine how you can best care for the tree after planting.

Proper Care After Planting

Another major challenge of planting big trees is ensuring the tree becomes well-established with proper care, like making sure the tree gets sufficient water. Tree planting specialists recommend soaking the tree down to the roots and sticking a trickling hose at the base to keep it moist throughout the day. 

Insufficient watering can cause the tree to die in a few hours. You should also water the tree regularly for the first three weeks. 

Aesthetic Changes

Even if the tree survives, it may not look the way it did before the transplant. It’s normal for some branches to lose vitality or die from transplant shock. The tree may not retain some attractive features even when you employ the best practices. 

Contact Your Local Tree Experts for Assistance

Planting big trees requires expertise and years of experience. The planting process requires time and careful attention to the tree’s health and safety. After successful planting, every type of tree needs years of monitoring and health care programs. 

If you need help planting larger trees, New Leaf Tree Service, your trusted local arborist, is here to help. We’re a licensed and insured company offering a wide range of tree services. Contact our team at (502) 419-9899 for a free estimate or to learn about planting a tree too close to home.

Are trees on your property dying, falling down, or causing you concern? We are ready to hear from you! If you have dying trees, ugly stumps, or just need your landscape cleaned up from fallen debris, reach out today.

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