Trees, a versatile garden essential! They can be used as accent pieces near a porch or deck. They can be planted en masse for a big impact or by themselves as a stand alone specimen in your yard.  Fruit trees add color in spring with blossoms and kids of all ages love to pick the fruit in late summer and fall.  Ornamental trees, such as Rose and Hydrangea trees, add depth and height to an otherwise low growing garden.  Below you will find helpful tree care information.  Because each garden is a different environment you may have specific questions that are not answered here. Please visit us at our garden center in Petoskey or give us a call at 231-347-3366. We'll be happy to answer your questions!


Planting and Watering

Proper soil preparation and a deep, thorough watering at the time of planting will get your trees off to a good start.  Improve the soil by adding peat moss or a 50/50 mixture of peat moss and topsoil.  Adding extra peat moss when you plant gives your trees a great start.

Begin by digging a hole twice the size of the root ball of your tree.  Put the peat moss mixture in the bottom of the hole.  Remove the pot and place your tree or shrub in the hole. keeping it at the same depth it was in the pot.  Fill around the root ball with the peat moss mixture, firming it down to eliminate air pockets.  Build a rim of soil to form a basin 18-24" across so that when you water, the water is concentrated at the root zone and does not run off.

Keep grass and weeds from growing within 18-24" from the base of your trees.  Mulching helps to keep weeds down and hold moisture near the root zone. Good even watering will help your trees grow best.  Water deeply when the soil at the base of your plants starts to dry slightly, usually 2 or 3 times a week and more often during hot, dry weather.  Newly planted trees need 4-5 gallons of water each time you water! It may sound like a lot, but the extra work will be rewarded with beautiful trees for years to come.


Most trees don't need yearly pruning to grow to their best.  However, most varieties will benefit from being thinned in the early spring, at least when they are young.  After the new growth has started to show, you can trim out any branches that aren't showing signs of life.  A little work now will keep everything looking neat and tidy during the growing season. 

Weeping trees and fruit trees have more specific pruning needs.  Please visit us at our garden center or give us a call at 231-347-8864 to discuss your trees.