Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spring is here! How to plant a new tree

If you lost a tree in the snowstorm last September or are looking to plant another, here is what you need to know to plant your new tree.

  • Call before you dig. Before digging holes to plant trees or build fences, contact Alberta One-Call so a representative can mark the location of shallow utilities.
  • Choose the right tree for the right location. Check out our previous blog post that outlines how to select the perfect tree.
  • Ideally, plant your tree in the early spring or early fall when the weather is cool. 
    Choose the right tree for the right location.
  • To avoid “transplant shock” for your new tree, remember to properly prepare the new location. 
  • Dig a hole two to three times wider than the root ball, but only as deep as the root ball. 
  • Remove the covering (container or wire basket) and place in the hole by lifting by the root ball and not the trunk. 
  • Straighten the tree and gently add soil to stabilize the tree and fill the hole. 
  • Mulch the base of the tree to help with moisture retention and nutrients. 
  • Water new trees at least once a week if there isn’t any rain. The soil should be moist, but not soaked. 

For a video demonstrating tree selection and planting tips, check out this recent interview featuring our Urban Forestry Lead, Jill-Anne Spence, who recently shared tips with Global’s Gemma Stroobant.

You may be eligible for a $500 rebate

Residents with trees severely damaged or killed by the flood or snowstorm may apply for a rebate, through the Alberta Urban Forest ReLeaf program, of up to $500 off the estimated cost of a landscape tree.

The unseasonal snowstorm last September caused significant damage to our urban forest. Estimates indicate 50 per cent of the 500,000 public trees and 1.5 million private trees sustained damage from the storm. With three times as many damaged trees on private property as on City land, recovering from the storm will require us to look after our trees together.  More information can be found at

Submitted by Althea Livingston, Parks

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