Trees and other plants enhance the beauty of our city and contribute to a healthy living environment, providing shade, improving air quality and helping save energy.

Planting a tree is not rocket science, but it is science! There are a few factors to consider before you begin.

How well your investment grows will depend on the season, the type of tree selected, the location, the care and the follow-up after plantation.

For optimal results, speak with a certified arborist in Ottawa to find out more about tree planting. We’ve got some tips for you in this article.

Planting a Tree in Ottawa

ottawa homeowners planting a treeAlthough the planting season is crucial, there are many aspects to consider when investing on your green space, such as admin and safety.

If you want to plant a tree, first contact the City of Ottawa. The city is committed to planting more trees and open to citizen input on the location. Once you have selected the appropriate site, make sure the tree won’t pose a risk to the community. 

Determining where to plant a tree is a decision that should not be taken lightly. When deciding what type of tree to plant, be sure to look up and down to avoid tree and utility conflicts.

Overhead utility lines are easy to spot, yet often overlooked.

In addition, the root area below ground is often larger than the branch spread. The greatest damage to underground lines generally occurs during planting, so be sure to get professional advice. 

By planting native species, you will increase the probability of success and decrease the amount of time and maintenance your trees will require, as they need less watering and are more prepared to deal with pests, reducing the need for pesticide use. 

Best Season to Plant Trees 

ottawa homeowners planting a treeThe best season for planting trees is usually the dormant season.

This cool period allows the trees to situate their roots before the spring rains and summer temperatures activate new growth. Birch, ash, elm poplar and willow trees are more successful when planted in spring

Conifers, on the other hand, grow well when planted both in spring and fall. These trees have an improved chance of survival and require less maintenance.

If you are unsure of how to proceed, contact a certified arborist, who is equipped to help you decide what species to plant this year and can assist you with the process. 

The Dormant Season

ottawa homeowners planting a treeTrees enter the resting season based on a decrease in temperature and light received.

Planting in spring or fall gives trees extra growing time making it easier on them to adjust to their new home.

It’s completely safe to plant trees until the ground is frozen solid, and again once the thaw has done its work.

Tree Service in Ottawa

If you find the process of planting new trees daunting, we can help!

A trusted, certified arborist can provide a professional, experienced tree service in Ottawa.

Our team at Croft Tree Experts is committed to delivering the highest quality service at very competitive prices since 2015. Do not hesitate to contact us!