If you were considering planting any trees or shrubs, mid-October is the time, so you might want to get your planning done now. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs due to fairly predictable and consistent rainfall. This will greatly reduce or remove your need for watering of smaller trees and shrubs. Larger trees and shrubs will require additional irrigation in the following years. A great way to determine how many years after planting trees you will need to continue watering is to average about one year per caliper inch of the tree’s trunk.
Planting early in the fall also reduces transplant shock as most trees and shrubs are dormant at this time. Staking may be necessary when planting new trees; however, inappropriate staking can cause more damage than the help it provides. Two of the most common staking problems are utilizing bare wire or rope that can cut into the tree, and leaving the stakes and their attachments to the trunk in for more than one growing season. The only exception is when transplanting very large trees that have to be set with a crane.
When determining what types of trees and shrubs you want to plant, think of what the plant will look like when it is full grown, not how cute it looks now. Most tree removals are a result of planting a good tree in the wrong location. Make sure you know what the height and width will be at maturity. Trying to prune a tree to make it fit a location that is too small for it is expensive and typically has to be done every year. Plan for the right tree in the right location and both you and the tree will be happy for years to come.
Owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum, of Rich’s Tree Service, Inc., has been serving the Portland Metro areas for over 24 years. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured tree care company that specializes in pruning, preservation, and removal. Customers can read our reviews on Angie’s List, The BBB, Facebook and ask for a list of commercial and residential references to learn more about our superior service.