Right Tree, Right Place, Right Time
Careful planning is necessary when selecting and planting a tree. It is important to plant the right tree in the right location at the right time of year. In Colorado, it is best to plant trees in spring or fall, when temperatures are not so extreme. Also, matching a tree to its planting site is critical and a long-term decision – most trees can outlive the people who plant them!
When you plant the right trees in the right places, they provide so many benefits. Trees in our communities:
- Shade homes, businesses and streets
- Increase property values
- Reduce energy costs
- Make neighborhoods safer
- Improve people’s health
- Reduce noise pollution
- Add color, beauty and scenery
- Provide habitat for birds and other wildlife
- Clean our air and water
- Reduce storm water run-off
The tips below are for trees suited for communities and urban settings. They apply to large container or balled-and-burlap trees. For tips on planting seedling trees suited for wildland forests, please visit the CSFS Seedling Tree Nursery.