This year it was my goal to plant 17 trees for 2017. Admittedly, I’ve only planted three so far. You’ve heard the old adage, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Well instead of fretting I’ve thought many times this summer, thank goodness I didn’t plant more than three! It’s been hard keeping up with the watering of the ones I did install to ensure they don’t die during the long summer drought we have had.
Every time I drive around I see opportunities for tree planting – in schools, parks, meridians, yards .. there are so many places another tree or two could benefit. I wish I had a stash of trees so I could install at will or offer them to places or homeowners to plant on their own.
I hope planting a tree is in your fall plans! Planting in a season where rainwater supplements your normal watering regime is the best time for installing most ornamental trees and shrubs in the PNW. Make sure to water them in at least once and surround them with mulch to help keep their root zones cool. Have questions? Email or call to talk trees! Meanwhile, enjoy the dog days of summer and stay cool!