Planting Landscape Trees

Michael R. Kuhns, Utah State University


Trees and shrubs add beauty and value to residential and commercial property. They help modify microclimates around buildings and outdoor living areas. Best of all, trees and shrubs are not difficult to establish and maintain. To achieve success with landscape trees and shrubs, correct plant selection, proper timing of planting, and correct planting techniques should all be employed. Selection includes choosing the proper species and selecting the appropriate root condition for successful transplanting. Timing the planting operation can be crucial to the survival of many tree and shrub species. In addition, proper planting techniques are important for economy of effort in the planting operation and for the long-term survival and vigor of the tree or shrub. It is all a matter of knowing what, when, and how to plant for success.