Adding a tree to your property has many benefits—it looks great, it reduces noise and glare, and if it’s a pecan tree, it produces food. Trees help regulate the temperature in your home by diminishing the effects of the sun in the summer, and cold wind in the winter. Trees produce oxygen and help reduce storm runoff. However, despite all of these utilitarian benefits of adding a tree to your property, the basic fact that it looks great justifies the effort it takes to plant it.

The good news is that there doesn’t have to be an abundance of effort in planting a tree. With the right knowledge, planting a tree can actually be quite simple. So let’s look into some preliminary considerations a budding tree enthusiast should know as they prepare to introduce a tree to their property.

The very first consideration after finding pecan trees for sale should be, when should I plant my tree?

Plant in the Winter

Pecan trees like to be planted in the dormant season. This gives the trees time to establish new roots before they start to grow. Think of it like learning to walk before learning to run. A tree without strong roots is nothing more than a danger to all that come near it. As for trees that bear fruit (that’s right, pecans are considered a fruit), a weak root system will inhibit a tree from producing the edible treats you had planned to put in your pie. We want to avoid these outcomes.

This timing for pecan trees also has a lot to do with the areas in which these trees tend to thrive. Hardiness zones 6-9 are generally said to be able to support a pecan tree. This includes much of the country except for areas that might experience a deep freeze such as Minnesota and the Dakotas. Pecan trees are fairly hearty so they are able to survive in climates that range from Florida to Oregon.

The absence of a deep freeze will allow the trees to remain mostly dormant without damaging the root system. Ths extra time to get used to their surroundings gives them the chance to prepare for the growing season to begin in the spring. You don’t want to plant your trees too late without giving them this preparation time. This reduces the possibility of the trees producing fruit.

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Consider Placement

Another consideration to take into account when putting together your plan to plant a pecan tree is where you are going to put it. Pecan trees can grow large. It can take them a while to get that way, but you want to be sure they have enough room. Mature pecan trees (depending on the variety) can grow upwards of 130 feet tall and 75 feet wide. That’s about the equivalent of a 12 story building. So if you’re planning on planting more than one pecan tree, you want to put at least 20 feet between them (ideally more). 

Likewise, you don’t want to put them near your home or any other structures. Broken windows and punctured shingles are never a good thing. Pecan trees have fairly brittle limbs which continually drop pieces and sticks along with the pecans themselves. This can be great for collecting pecans, but not so much when it comes to larger branches. Making sure they are positioned away from your home lessens the chance a limb falls and creates a big problem for you.

Proper Planting Leads To A Healthy Tree

Planting a pecan tree can benefit you and your family in more ways than one. Imagine sitting in the backyard and gathering pecans fresh from the tree to be used in a delicious recipe later that night. And then once the meal is over, you can go sit underneath your tree and watch the sun set. The best way to ensure your pecan tree grows big enough to not only survive but produce fruit is to use the best practices for planting it. Be sure to plant your tree at least a month before the first leaves of spring emerge. Ideally, the tree will go into the ground in the fall or winter. After that, you can watch as your tree flourishes.

The first step to planting a tree is to find pecan trees for sale. Click here to find the pecan tree from Georgia Pecan Nursery that best suits your needs.