Tree and Shrub Planting & Transplanting

The most important thing to remember when thinking about planting and transplanting trees or shrubs is ‘right plant, right place.’ By this we mean that it is crucial to consider a plant’s light, water and drainage needs when deciding where to plant it in your garden.

Not to worry though! A quick Google search will provide information regarding your plant’s needs. If done correctly, you shouldn’t have much maintenance to worry about.

Here are some other tips to ensure you plant installation goes smoothly.


It’s best to plant and transplant new trees and shrubs after they have gone dormant in the fall around late October, early November or in early spring before new growth appears around late March.


Plants in a new home need plenty of water to help them settle in. Typically, 5 to 7 gallons applied to the root ball once a week is an appropriate quantity of water to add to a newly planted tree or shrub. If the soil feels dry or just slightly damp, watering is needed.

A slow trickle from a garden hose at the base of the plant until the soil is thoroughly soaked in is a good method. Avoid short, frequent watering to promote deep and resilient root growth.

Soil type and drainage must also be considered. Well-drained, sandy soil will need water more often than a clay soil that may hold too much water. For more tips on correct watering, see our watering guide. [Link]


Mulching is also a very important part of the planting and transplanting process by creating a more favorable environment for tree roots. Apply a 3” layer of mulch in a 3ft to 6ft diameter circle around the plant but keep the mulch away from direct contact with the plant’s trunk(s) as it can lead to rotting.

Have more questions about this topic? Feel free to give us a call at 206-551-9872

We’d be happy to discuss your tree and shrub needs!