Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you leave the root ball intact when planting.  All of our packaging materials are bio-degradable and will not hinder the growth of the tree.

These are approximate, rootball sizes can vary by species of tree.

Caliper (Deciduous) Height (Evergreens) Rootball Diameter Weight
1.5″ 5′ 22″-24″ 200 lbs
2″ 6′ 24″-26″ 250-300 lbs
2.5″ 7′ 28″-32″ 300-500 lbs
3″ 8′ 34″-38″ 500-800 lbs
4″ 10′ 40″-44″ 800-1,200 lbs
5″ 12′ 52″ 1,500 lbs
6″ 14+’ 65″ 2,000 lbs

Most trees should be planted at least 15’ from any obstacle (i.e. house, sidewalk, other trees, power lines, roads).  Shade trees require more room than ornamental trees.  If you are installing trees for a windbreak or for privacy they can be planted closer.

You will start by measuring the rootball of the tree you are planting. You will dig a hole a little deeper than the rootball depth and approximately 5″ wider than the rootball diameter. When placing the tree in the ground, the the top of the rootball can sit a couple of inces above the level ground. If you have dug the hold a little deeper than the rootball depth, you should have some loose dirt you can push back into the hole, which will help create some good draining soil under the tree. Backfill around the tree and use your shovel to chop in and press the dirt around the tree. Add in any compost while you are filling. Water the newly packed in dirt and continue to add dirt as it settles. Once you notice water pouring out of the hole, stop watering. Finish filling in and cleaning up the loose dirt. Ensure your tree is standing straight. After approximately a week, check and fill in any areas that have settled. Again, make sure your tree is standing straight. Put 1-2″ of mulch on the tree. In 2-4 months, pull and/or cut the twine and burlap away from the trunk.

You should water 1 time per week. Water your tree by laying hose directly on the tree base, allow a slow stream of water to soak into the tree-ball for 15-20 minutes.

This all depends on if you buy a slow growing or fast growing tree.  It also depends on the conditions your tree experiences.

In the first year there is no growth.  In the second year the tree will begin growing and the third year the tree will start growing at a normal rate.  The normal growth rate for most trees is 1” per year.

Caliper Weight
1.5″ 200 lbs
2″ 250-300 lbs
2.5″ 300-500 lbs
3″ 500-800 lbs
4″ 800-1,200 lbs
5″ 1,500-2,000 lbs
6″ 2,000-2,500 lbs

Shade trees tend to be taller than ornamental trees. If you’re looking at the caliper sizes on our website, a 2″ shade tree will be approximately 8′-10′ tall, where an ornamental might be 6′-8′ tall.


Staking your tree is not necessary unless you are placing your tree in an area that is subject to high winds.

We do offer delivery and planting services but if you plan on picking the tree up yourself we recommend bringing a large tarp to cover the top of the tree.  Also, call ahead and make sure your truck or trailer is large enough for your load.

We spray our trees three times per year to insure that your tree is bug free. We recommend that you do the same until the tree is established.

Please call us ASAP if at any point you notice your tree is not looking healthy.  We will be glad to address any concerns you may have.

It is best to plant from fall to spring while your tree is dormant. When your tree is dormant it will have an easier time acclimating itself to the new environment.

We do plant in certain areas! Review the map and see if we come to your county. If you are outside the planting area, still feel free to give us a call to double check.

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