August 05, 2019 2 min read

Planting a tree is a great way to help the environment!

Looking for a way to create a healthy environment close to home? Plant a tree! Even if you plant just one, it will help clean the air, filter water, absorb carbon, create shade, give birds a place to build a nest, enrich the soil, and provide food and shelter for small creatures. And that's just the shortlist of the many benefits of trees.

Since your tree will hopefully be around for a very long time there are a few things to think about before you start planting. When, where, and how you plant your tree will affect its survival. The best times to plant a tree are usually in spring or fall when weather conditions are moist and cool. Pick a location where your tree will thrive and that you're close to so that you can watch it grow for many years to come. 

Not sure how to plant a tree? Check out the video below! 

You can visit your local tree nursery or garden center to find the best age and species of the tree to plant based on your climate, soil type, and seed zone. Nursery staff are usually very knowledgeable about this and can help answer any questions. 

Once you're ready to plant, here are the basic steps:

Step 1: Dig a hole 3 inches deeper than the length of the roots.

Tip: choose a place with good wind protection.

Step 2:  Carefully remove the tree from its current container or pot. 

Tip: Loosen up the soil a little bit to help the roots spread out. 

Step 3: Backfill the hole with the removed soil. Compress the soil as you fill the hole. 

Tip: cover the entirety of the roots to stop them from drying out.

Step 4: Build a raised berm to help water drain towards the tree. 

Tip: The Tug Test: lightly tug the tree to check if the soil is sufficiently compacted. 

Step 5: Add mulch around the sapling to help with water retention and weeds.

Tip: make a ring of mulch around the tree but avoid having it touch the bark.  

Step 6: Water your new tree to help it acclimatize to its new home. 

Tip: watering once a week is enough for a pine tree

And there you have it! Now you can go out into the world and plant some trees. Share your knowledge with friends and teach them how to plant trees too. Or you can leave the planting to us by choosing a project you'd like to support! 

We plant trees on 4 continents around the world. Want to choose where yours are planted?

by Diana Chaplin

Canopy Director & Eco-Storyteller