Basic Tree Planting - Frequently Asked Questions

When, Where and How to Plant a Tree

Planting a tree can have tremendous influences on communities. Tree planting improves our environment. Planting a tree can add to our incomes and decrease energy costs. To plant a tree can enhance our quality of life and improve our health. I can't think of many things that touch us so completely as does planting a tree. My point is, we need trees to be planted!

Q: How do you plant a seedling or sapling?


A: There are actually two major methods of tree planting. One is planting a tree with an intact root ball. The trees can either be bound by fabric and string or potted in a plastic container. These trees are designed to plant...read more.

Q: When is the season for planting trees?
A: "Bare-root" tree planting is done during dormant winter months, most often after December 15th but before March 31st.

Q: Do I really need to mulch my new tree?
A: New seedlings and saplings need plenty of moisture. Lack of water is the main cause of severe stress to newly planted trees. Mulch is a trees best friend.

Q: How do I know I am ready to plant a tree?
A: Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree? Take this tree wellness quiz to see just how prepared you are to successfully raise a healthy tree...read more.

Q: Where can I buy trees to plant?
A: Trees can be purchased in most states at private, industry and government nurseries.

You need to check with your state forester for specific sources suited for your planting area...read more.

Q: Where can I buy tree planting equipment?
A: Before you begin a big planting job you need to purchase the right planting equipment. Using proper equipment correctly will insure proper planting and will be easier on the planter...read more.

Q: Where should you plant a seedling or sapling?
A:Use common sense when planting a tree. If the tree is expected to grow tall or expand widely give it the room it needs for future growth. Understanding species moisture, light and soil needs is extremely important.

Q: What are "root balled" tree saplings?
A:Root balled saplings are usually older than two to three year-old seedlings and are dug from commercial or government nursery plots. They are delivered individually with roots covered by an earth ball enclosing.

Q: What are "bare-root" tree seedlings?
A: Bare-root seedlings are usually two to three-year-old trees and lifted from commercial or government nursery beds. They are delivered in bulk with roots covered in only a very moist medium or slurry.

Q: How many trees are planted in the United States?
A: Hundreds of nurseries in the United States grow over 1.5 billion trees annually, which reforests nearly three million acres. This number represents over six trees.