Tips For Planting Pine Trees in Spring


Spring is just around the corner, so now is a great time to start getting your garden in shape for the upcoming warmer seasons. Spring is naturally a great time to plant bushes and trees, and pine trees are no exception.

If you are considering planting some pine tree saplings this year, here are a couple of tips and tricks to keep in mind:

Mind the Frost

Spring planting is best done after frost leaves the ground the weather is still cool. Planting after it’s gotten too warm can actually harm the trees, creating transplant shock. While the mild winter seen this year in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states means that ground temps are already rising in those areas, the weather should still be good for much of the northern Midwest and Northwestern states.

Water, Water, Water

You can still plant when the weather is warmer, but make sure the seedling has ample water. Drip irrigation is the  preferred option but is not always possible. If you won’t be using an irrigation system, it’s important that you keep to a regular watering schedule and keep your fresh tree well-watered.

Digging the Hole

To plant the trees, work a flat spade at least a foot into the ground. Hold the fledgling tree by its trunk and gently push the bottoms of the roots into the bottom of the trench. Once set, pour a quart or more of water into the hole, allowing it to drain down before replacing the soil atop the root bulb.

Early or Late

Since evergreen trees are not susceptible to spring frosts like flowers, you are able to plant them early in the season. If you’ve missed out on the ideal spring planting season, not to worry – pine trees can also be planted easily during the fall months, as well. Trees planted this time of year do not need as much water and since pine trees don’t need much sunlight as deciduous trees, they will thrive in this cooler environment with shorter days.

A summer planting is not recommended, so aim for spring or fall. If you have any other questions, give us a call at Cold Stream Farm. We work with trees, flowers and plants of all kinds, so can answer any questions you have and make sure your property looks its best. To order pine trees, shrubs or any other kind of plant life for your property, call Cold Stream Farm today at 231-464-5809.