Tree Planting Checklist

Trees are a great addition to any landscape. They provide shade, year-round interest in your garden, food and shelter for animals, and can even increase the value of your home. Before planting a tree in your yard, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. This Tree Planting Checklist will take you from the planning stages to the planting of your new tree and beyond.

Before planting a new tree

  • Be sure it has enough room to reach its full potential and where it will not interfere with other plantings or power lines.
  • Consider whether a tree will grow well in your climate, whether it will block your view, and whether it will require more care than you can provide.
  • Ask your local municipality if your chosen spot interferes with water, sewer, or power lines.
  • The best time to plant a tree is when the ground has thawed, but the trees are still dormant. Of course, this only applies to cooler, four-season climates. In warm climates, winter is a great time to plant.

Planting day

After planting

 Tree Planting Checklist Tips

  • If you live in the United States, consider consulting your community’s Master Gardener program for advice on what to plant where.
  • Arbor Day is a national day to celebrate trees in the United States. It is always the last Friday in April, and a good day to plant trees in most parts of the country.
  • Celebrating a special event? Trees make great gifts, and planting a tree to celebrate a new life, birthday, or other accomplishment will provide you with years of memories.