Why You Need a Certified Arborist to Plant Your North Texas Trees

Date September 27, 2019


Author TreeNewal Staff

Only a certified arborist gives you a guarantee when they plant trees on your property. If you choose to plant young trees on your property this fall, you’ll find the job more challenging than you expected.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Certified Arborist to Plant Your Tarrant County Trees

It takes two people to plant a tree. You need to dig a large hole and to hold the tree steady while your partner looks at it from various angles to make sure it’s straight.

Plus, a tree planting project can eat up an entire Saturday or a whole weekend depending on how many trees you’re planting on your property. Finally, do you have the expertise to plant trees so that they flourish on your Keller property?

Here are five reasons why you need a certified arborist to plant trees on your property:

  1. It’s time-consuming to plant trees. You need to evaluate your property to find the best place to plant trees. Then, you need to go to the tree farm to buy healthy specimens to plant. Then you need to spend a day or more planting those young trees.
  2. It’s labor-intensive to plant trees. While you may look forward to a workout, you do use muscles that you forgot that you had when you plant a tree. It takes muscle, balance, coordination, and sweat to get trees planted properly.
  3. You need to understand North Texas’s dry climate, weather, the soils, and the trees’ needs to survive in a harsh climate. If you moved to Dallas from another part of the U.S., you might not understand the unique needs of trees in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex region.
  4. If you’re a busy person, you may find tree installation overwhelming. If you’re busy with moving to Southlake or Westlake, growing in your career and maintaining a new house, you might not want to plant trees. Instead, you want a certified arborist to handle the job for you.
  5. If you’re busy raising a family and you’re a professional couple, you don’t have time to mess with tree planting. If you’re on the go all weekend long with your kids’ soccer or football games, then you don’t have the energy to add tree installation to the list.

Learn more: 6 Common Tree Planting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

9 Steps to Planting a Tree Properly

If you still aren’t convinced that you need to hire a certified arborist to plant trees in your Argyle backyard, then check out these nine steps for planting trees:

  1. Locate both overhead and underground powerlines. For underground powerlines, you need to call 811 for a utility crew to come to your home to mark where the utility lines are located.

For aboveground utility lines, stand at the spot where you want to plant your new tree.

Look up. If there are utility lines close by, or if your new tree will grow tall enough that it’ll touch utility lines in a few years, then you need to find a new place to install your new tree.

  1. Take the tree (always lift a tree by the root ball, not the trunk) you want to plant and look at the trunk flare. You can locate the flare at the base of tree where the trunk will expand after it’s planted. You don’t want to cover the tree flare fully when you plant it.
  2. Dig a large hole two to three times wider than the root ball. You only need to dig to the depth of the root ball, so it sits on a mound of soil. You don’t want the root ball planted lower than the soil line.
  3. Remove the tree from the container. You may need to cut away the wire basket at the bottom of the tree’s root ball. Straighten out the roots. If the roots are circling around, you need to snip some off to force the tree to grow new roots.
  4. Place the tree in the hole at the proper height. You don’t want to plant the roots too deeply because new roots will have difficulty developing due to a lack of oxygen.
  5. Make sure that the tree is perfectly straight. You need a partner for this job. One person needs to stand with the tree, and the other person checks the tree from all angles making sure it’s standing perfectly straight.
  6. Add backfill into the hole. Now’s the time to cover up the tree. Add the ground that you dug up and place it around the tree, making sure that the trunk flare is partially visible.

Pat down the earth as you fill up the hole to remove any air pockets in the soil.

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  1. Don’t stake the tree unless you have to. You only need to stake a tree if it’s serving as a windbreak. Your tree will develop a stronger root system and trunk if it’s not staked.
  2. Mulch around your tree without volcano mulching around the trunk. Mulching prevents the roots from experiencing temperature extremes. Mulch also keeps moisture in the soil longer, adds nutrition as it breaks down as well as reduces weeds.

Mulching becomes a problem when it’s piled high along the trunk. Volcano mulching leads to bark diseases, insects, mice and other pests.

You Need TreeNewal’s Certified Arborists to Plant Trees on Your Denton or Tarrant County Property

Keep your weekends dedicated to the things you enjoy doing and let us at TreeNewal plant your trees. Our certified arborists will help you pick out the best trees for your property.

In addition to helping you pick out trees and planting them for you, we provide a comprehensive tree fertilization program to keep your woody plants growing and developing into maturity and long life.

If you’re ready to hire a certified arborist to plant trees on your Bartonville or Grapevine property, call us today at 817-533-8438 or fill out our contact form.

TreeNewal services the following counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise.


TreesareGood.org, “Planting a Tree.”

Ibid, “Why Hire an Arborist.”