Trees & Shrubs:
Site Prep, Planting Instructions

What could be more important than planting trees and shrubs?  Planting them correctly!  Proper site preparation and planting techniques are critical for the survival of your trees and shrubs. Follow the tips below to plant your project properly so it can be enjoyed for many years to come!

Before You Start!

Call before you dig! 811 is the federally designated “call before you dig” number that helps avoid injury, damage to property, utility service outages to the entire neighborhood and potential fines and repair costs. Make the free call to 811 a few days before you dig!

Timing is everything: The best time to plant trees and shrubs is in the spring or early fall to allow them to develop a strong root system without the stress of extreme temperatures. If you’re planting bare root seedlings, try to place your order in November or December for spring delivery – the most desirable species sell out quickly.

Proper Tree & Shrub Site Preparation:

Prepare Your Planting Site

Proper Tree & Shrub Planting Instructions:

Staging & Planting Trees & Shrubs
Field Notes for Planting a Tree
Proper Mulching
Riparian Forest Buffers: Streambank Planting Tips (Forests for the Bay)
Identifying & Managing Threats to Woodlands (deer browse management tips & more)