Tree Installation

Serving Greater Orlando Florida | Windermere | Oviedo | Longwood

crapemyrtle treeIf you want to make your landscape stand out, a new tree could be just what you need. But, while tree planting may seem like a straightforward process, there are actually a lot of small details to consider. The proper species, site preparation, and aftercare can make the difference between a healthy new tree and a struggling sapling. 

At Grasshoppers, we specialize in professional tree installation and transplanting services. Our certified arborists are backed by 22 years of experience, so we’re prepared to help you through every step of the planting process and ensure you get the gorgeous results you’re looking for. 

What Types of Trees Are Good to Plant in Florida?

Though many people assume that the Sunshine State has everything a plant could possibly need, there are some species that thrive here—and others that simply don’t. When choosing a tree type for your yard, you want to ensure it is equipped to grow well and that it isn’t invasive; otherwise, you could cause more harm to your landscape than good. A few of the best tree species include:

  • Arizona Cypress
  • Eastern Redbud
  • White Fringetree
  • Weeping Willow
  • Japanese Privet
  • Mango
  • Bismarck Palm
  • Sylvester Date Palm

These are just a few species that flourish in our local climate. While they generally grow well in our area, you’ll also want to make sure they’re a good fit for your specific landscape. Factors like how much space you have and how much sun your property gets can also influence which species are a good fit. If you’re having trouble choosing, don’t hesitate to ask an arborist for help! They can help you find a tree that fits your style and your environment. 

Tree Planting FAQs

Though the names sound similar, transplanting and planting are two entirely different tasks. Tree planting refers to growing a new tree from scratch, usually starting from a sapling or a seed. The process is pretty straightforward and typically involves choosing a tree species, picking a spot on your property, and caring for the new sapling as it develops. 

Tree transplanting, on the other hand, involves moving an existing tree from one location to another. This process is more complex, as it’s easy to accidentally harm the tree when transporting it to a new area. Arborists often start by ensuring the tree is healthy enough to handle the move, preparing the roots, and ensuring the new site is ready to accommodate the more mature tree’s needs.

Home and business owners can certainly plant trees on their own property. However, working with an arborist can significantly increase the chances of your tree’s survival and prevent long-term complications. Arborists can ensure proper planting techniques and placement, reducing the risk of roots growing into your foundation or branches ending up in dangerous places, such as near power lines. Not only that, but they’ll ensure your new sapling has everything it needs to grow quickly and healthily. 

That said, transplanting a tree is a lot more complicated, and it’s a task best left to the professionals. Arborists have the skills and equipment necessary to safely move a tree while minimizing stress and damage. In many cases, transplanting a tree also requires a permit, especially for larger or protected species. Professional arborists can navigate the permitting process while keeping your tree in the best condition possible. 

Spring is an excellent time for planting trees, as the weather begins to warm and the soil is easier to work with. Planting in early spring gives trees a full growing season to establish their roots before the onset of winter. The moderate temperatures and increased rainfall during this period provide ideal conditions for young trees to thrive.

However, if you want to plant a tree during a different time of year, it may still be possible depending on the weather, location, and species. Ask an arborist to get more detailed information regarding your specific situation.

Generally, it takes a sapling anywhere from a few years to several decades to reach full maturity—but, after planting, the new tree will spread its roots and establish within three months to a year. A few factors that can influence the speed at which your tree grows include:

  • Species: Species like willows, poplars, and certain types of maples can grow several feet per year. Fast-growing species often pick up the pace as they become more established. Meanwhile, oaks, pines, and other hardwoods grow at a much slower pace.
  • Plant hardiness zone: The USDA outlines “plant hardiness zones”, which use a local area’s climatic conditions to determine how well certain plants grow. Here in Florida, we hover in the 10a to 11b range, which means trees and other plants take a while longer to establish and grow than in milder climates. 
  • Proper planting: Selecting the right species, calculating sun exposure, examining soil quality… tree planting isn’t as simple as just digging a hole and putting a seed or sapling in the middle. Proper planning and preparation will give your new tree what it needs to grow as quickly as possible. 
  • Ongoing care: New trees are fragile, so they require a lot of extra care compared to fully mature ones. Providing your tree with enough water, soil nutrients, and other maintenance tasks when needed will make sure it can establish properly.

Tree Installation Services in Florida

Working with an arborist for tree planting and transplanting offers numerous benefits that go beyond simply getting the job done. At Grasshoppers, we use our 22 years of experience to ensure your trees are planted correctly and in the optimal spot for healthy growth. We handle everything from site assessment and preparation to planting and post-installation care, ensuring that your trees thrive in their new environment. 

Want to plant or replant a tree? We’re ready to help! Give us a call today to get started. 

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