Building a custom home is exciting for anyone. You’ve put a lot of time, thought, effort, and money into the process. The kitchen is perfect for cooking meals for your entire family. The lower level is complete with a home theatre system. You thought of everything, but when you look outside your custom home, it’s missing something: trees.
Planting a tree in your backyard is a great family activity that can really make your custom house really feel like home. Your kids will love being able to help with the project and your entire family can watch the trees over the years as they grow. Whether you just want a single tree or you want to add several trees, below you’ll find tips and the steps you need to follow to add a tree to your backyard.
Step 1: Decide What Kind of Tree to Plant
Before you start digging a hole in your backyard, you need to decide what kind of tree you want. There are a couple of things you have to think about:
- Local climate: Certain trees need to be planted in certain areas of the country in order to fully thrive. For example, trees that grow really well in the southern U.S. may not grow well in the northern states.
- Your Yard: Things like slopes, neighbors, erosion, and drainage all impact a tree’s growth, so you need to keep those things in mind when deciding on a type of tree.
- Positioning: Different trees require a different amount of sunlight. If you’re adding more trees to your yard, you’ll want to make sure you choose a tree that can grow in shadier areas. And, if you have a pretty sunny yard, make sure that exposure won’t harm the growing tree.
Step 2: Decide Where to Plant
After deciding what type of tree you’re going to plant in your yard, you have to decide on the exact spot you want it. Be sure that it’s far enough away from power lines, your house, and driveway. You also want to make sure that the tree you are planting is far enough away from established trees that their roots won’t do any damage to each other or your property. Another issue you might run into is underground utility lines like sewer, water, and power, so be sure you have those checked before you start digging a hole for the tree.
Step 3: Prepare A Hole For the Tree
Using a shovel, dig a hole that is big enough for the root ball of the tree. The hole should be 2 to three times wider than the root ball and just as deep as the root ball is tall. Making the hole this large gives the root ball plenty of space to grow and stretch out without too much stress or issue. It’s also a good idea to build the dirt up slightly in the hole, so that the root ball can sit slightly elevated from the bottom of the hole.
Step 4: Cover the Hole and Root Ball
When you have the root ball in the hole and the tree positioned the way you want it, go ahead and backfill the hole with the dirt you removed in step 2. Be sure you tamp down the dirt as you fill in the hole so there aren’t any air pockets. After you have completely backfilled the hole, if your newly planted tree seems slightly unstable, it’s a good idea to stake the tree loosely so that it’s stabilized and the roots can establish.
If you’re still thinking about building a custom home, then you need to check out our free ebook, “Tips for Building Your Custom Home.” In the ebook, you’ll find helpful tips on choosing a building site, finding a builder, and what to expect while you’re building your home.