Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Let’s branch out: tips for picking and planting trees

When it comes to choosing the right tree for the right location, it’s easy to get stumped. Luckily, we have some tips to help you cultivate your inner green thumb.

The right tree:

  • Hardiness: Make sure the type of tree you are planting is suited to our climate so it can grow and thrive. Wondering what works best? Here are some tips for selecting the right tree type for the area.  
  • Stay local: Trees that are grown locally have adapted to local weather conditions and will be more successful when transplanted.
  • Variety: Have a peek around your neighbourhood to see if one tree type is more common. Consider planting something different so that if a pest or disease is introduced not all trees will be lost.   

We are proud to partner with retailers to help grow our trees. Use this coupon and save 10% on your next tree purchase at these garden centres:

  • Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre
  • Garden Scents Garden Center
  • Golden Acre Garden Centre
  • Plantation Garden Center
  • Spruce It Up Garden Centre

The right location:

  • When: Ideally, plant your tree in the early spring or early fall when the weather is cool. It’s important to note soil, moisture and sunlight requirements; planting trees in the right conditions will give them the best opportunity to thrive, and they will be less susceptible to pests and diseases.
  • Where: Consider the size and shape of the tree at maturity and make sure it is given enough room to grow. One helpful tip is to not plant trees that will grow to be very large next to the foundation of your home, retaining wall or utilities. We’ve found this handy chart outlining what to plant in relation to power lines. And don’t forget to call or click before you dig.
  • How: Dig a hole two to three times wider than the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Remove the covering (container or wire basket) and place your tree in the hole by lifting the root ball, not the trunk. Straighten the tree and gently add soil to stabilize 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.

Looking for more? Check out a video on residential tree care tips or learn more about the City’s tree and shrub bylaws.

For additional information on trees, visit calgary.ca/trees.

Submitted by Erin Smith, Calgary Parks


  1. Isn‘t this supposed to be a news blog? So what is this crap. A filler or what?