Cardy & Jill Lindsey
1100 Main St
Sebastian, FL 32958
The best time to plant a tree is in the Spring or in the Fall, 6 weeks before your first frost. If you live in an area that with mild winters and you do not reach freezing temperatures during winter, it is fine to plant your tree during winter months. Summer is also fine, as long as you are not experiencing extreme temperatures of 95 degrees or above. In these cases, it is best to leave your tree potted, keep on a patio, protect from freezes and wait until conditions are more favorable. (Do not leave inside too long) This does not apply to palms that are grown inside with high light.
Planting a tree is easy...
Pick a place in your yard that gets full sun-partial shade. Check to make sure you are taking into consideration of how large your tree will be at full maturity...How tall? What is the branch spread? Keep in mind of driveways, septic systems, power lines and how close you will want it to your home. For shade, flowering and fruit trees, it is better to be safe than sorry, so you don't have trouble down the road. We recommend for any of the trees above to plant them at least 12-15 feet away from your home, septic systems, driveways, etc. Palm trees are the exception to the rule. You can plant these pretty much any place you please...just keep in mind the height and branch spread it will reach at full maturity.
Dig a hole 2x3 times the width of the root ball, but only as deep as the root ball. Take tree out of pot carefully so you do not disturb the root system too much...in some cases, it may be best to cut the pot if it is too hard to pull out of pot easily. Gently loosen roots and place in hole. Add a slow release fertilizer and re-fill hole with existing soil. Make sure to pack soil down tightly...no air holes. Your tree should be planted to the same level as it was in the pot. It is important not to plant your tree too deep.
We do not recommend preparing your soil with any manure and or top soil for tree planting. By not preparing your soil, your tree is able to adapt to the existing soil in your yard to develop a strong root system and will also avoid transplant shock at planting time. Slow release fertilizer is best for the nutrients the tree will need. You can add a slow release fertilizer in the hole when planting your tree to give it a great start. Most slow release fertilizers continue to feed for at least 6 months, so 2 applications a year is all it will take to feed your tree...Easy and Economical! We recommend Osmocote for shade, flowering and fruit trees. For palms, we recommend Miracle Grow Shake and Feed For Palms (Green Bottle).
Water in immediately and deeply. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around base of the tree, making sure mulch does not touch the trunk of the tree. It is best to water your new tree DEEPLY at least every other day for the first month. If you have a sprinkler system, after care should be minimal. If you do not have a sprinkler system and you have not been receiving much rain, be sure to water your tree a minimum of two times a week for the first year.