Winter is cold and snowy, but that’s no reason not to start planning your landscape care now. In fact, winter can be a very inspiring time for planning, as you look out at your yard and see a snowy, blank slate. And now that the new year has started, the best time to plant bare root trees in Colorado (late winter to early spring) is right around the corner.

If you plan to add trees to your landscape this year, consider having them planted by professional tree service experts. Here are a few reasons why you should add tree experts to your tree planting plans.

1. Guidance on Best Tree Varieties

Like a puppy, a tree may look quite different when it’s young. Instead of a cute, 10-foot-tall sapling, you could end up with a 100-foot-tall specimen in your front yard. This type of size difference and scale can be difficult to imagine. Your tree experts have experience with trees of all ages, so they can help you decide whether a specific tree will fit.

Your tree experts can also help you choose tree varieties that will meet your maintenance requirements, trees that will provide the ornamental value you need, or even trees that will work well for a specific purpose (such as an espaliered wall or a hedge).

2. Quick and Easy Job Completion

Planting a tree may sound fun at first, but if you have more than one tree to plant, it can take up a lot of time and energy. Professional tree planting can ensure that the job is completed in a reasonable time frame, even if you plan to add a dozen or more trees.

In addition, if you planned to do the job yourself but then had an injury or a flare-up, hiring someone else to do the digging is essential.

3. Correct Planting Techniques

Planting a tree isn’t as simple as digging a hole to bury the root ball. If a tree is planted incorrectly, it may suffer from serious problems later in life. For instance, a tree planted too deeply can’t develop its root system properly since its roots are too far down to get enough oxygen. And it may develop a girdling root problem or even rot on the buried trunk section.

Professionals know how to identify the correct depth to install new trees, even if this means uncovering a few inches of trunk that were buried while the tree grew at the nursery. This is just one example of how professional experience and training can ensure your trees are planted correctly so they have the best chance to thrive.

4. Follow-Up Care

Professional care for your trees doesn’t have to stop with planting. The tree may need mulching, staking, or other care at the time of planting as well as a good soak. Your tree care professionals can also install a watering system after planting so your tree gets the water it needs throughout the summer.

In addition, you can have your tree experts come back later to fertilize and prune the tree as often as needed. And since they’re the ones who planted the tree, they’ll know its history and exactly what it needs, enabling the best continuity of care.

5. Problem Identification

You would think that a tree coming straight from the nursery or landscape supply store would be in perfect condition, but that’s not always the case. If your trees arrive with a pest situation, a girdling root, root rot, or even a disease, your professional tree care experts can take note of the problem so you can return the tree or treat the issue.

These are just a few examples of how professional tree planting services can help your tree get off to a great start in life. For more information on the tree planting, watering, pruning, fertilizing, and other services we offer, get in touch with Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc., today.