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Tree and Shrub Planting

Huntingdon Valley Tree and Shrub Planting

Tree and Shrub Specialists Serving Bucks, Montgomery, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties

Looking to plant a new tree or shrub? Whether you want to replace an old tree or install a new row of shrubs for a privacy hedge, Willow Tree and Landscape Services provides comprehensive Huntingdon Valley tree and shrub planting services. Since 1983, our family-owned and -operated company has been helping customers select and plant new trees and shrubs of all kinds. 

Our degreed horticulturalist can help you choose the right tree or shrub based on your preferences and the conditions of your property. We then source only the finest trees and shrubs from the best nurseries in the region, ensuring you get the healthiest and best-looking plants.

Our professional crews are highly trained in how to handle and install new trees and shrubs, with proper soil amendment, planting technique, and post-planting irrigation procedures followed to give your new plants a healthy start. We will treat your property like our own and ensure a meticulous cleanup when the planting is complete. 

We make tree and shrub planting easy! Request a free consultation by contacting us online or calling (215) 607-6321 today.

What Is the Best Time to Plant Trees or Shrubs in Eastern Pennsylvania?

The ideal time to plant trees as well as shrubs in eastern Pennsylvania is during the early spring or fall. This timing allows trees or shrubs to establish roots in moderate temperatures and moist soil, which are crucial for the survival and growth of young plants. Early spring, just after the frost has thawed, provides a growing season long enough for trees and shrubs to establish before the heat of summer. Fall planting, preferably after leaf drop and before the ground freezes, offers the advantage of cooler temperatures and autumn rains, which encourage root growth without the stress of supporting full leaf growth. Both seasons offer potentially optimal conditions, helping trees and shrubs to become well-established before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold set in.

The opportune timing can in some cases vary for specific tree or shrub species. Our Huntingdon Valley tree and shrub planting experts can provide tailored guidance on when it makes the most sense to start the planting process. 

Preparing the Ground for Tree or Shrub Planting

Preparing the ground for tree or shrub planting is a critical step that directly impacts the growth and health of your new plants. The process begins with choosing the right location for planting. It’s essential to consider the mature size of the tree or shrub and ensure that it has enough space to grow both above and below ground. Our guidance can help prevent common mistakes, such as avoiding planting near structures or utility lines that could be disrupted by the roots or branches. 

Once the ideal location is determined, the next step is soil testing. This helps identify the soil composition and pH level, information crucial for selecting the right species suited to the soil conditions or amending the soil to meet the needs of the plant.

After soil testing, any necessary amending of the soil comes next. The addition of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure can improve soil structure, aeration, and drainage, and provide essential nutrients. We mix any amendments thoroughly with the native soil to avoid creating a sharp transition between the amended soil and the surrounding ground, which can hinder root growth. 

Then, we will ensure the new plant’s hole is the appropriate size and depth before physically planting your tree or shrub. Our specialists will provide a detailed post-planting care plan, including optimal watering schedules, to help establish your new plant and set it for success. 

Signs Your New Tree or Shrub is Struggling

You can do everything right when planting a new tree or shrub, but sometimes, nature has other plans. Not all plants will instantly acclimate to their new environments, which is why observing the health of newly planted trees and shrubs is crucial for their successful establishment in your landscape. Early detection of potential issues allows for timely interventions that can save a plant from decline or death.  You should get in touch with our Huntingdon Valley tree and shrub planting experts if you notice any of the following warning signs:

  • Wilting leaves. This is often the first sign of distress. While occasional wilting on hot days may be normal, persistent wilting despite adequate watering indicates a deeper problem, such as poor root establishment or a damaged root system.
  • Discoloration and dropping of leaves. Leaves turning yellow, brown, or dropping prematurely are indicators of stress. This can result from various factors, including waterlogging, drought, nutrient deficiencies, or diseases. It's especially concerning if these symptoms appear outside of the plant's normal dormant season.
  • Stunted growth. If your tree or shrub is not growing as expected or compared to similar plants in your landscape, it may be struggling. Stunted growth can result from inadequate root space, poor soil conditions, or competition from surrounding vegetation.
  • Cankers on the stem or branches. Cankers are diseased areas of bark that can appear swollen or sunken and might ooze sap. They weaken the plant structure and can ultimately lead to death if the underlying disease spreads unchecked.
  • Cracks in the bar. Cracks or splits in the bark can be entry points for pests and diseases, making the plant more vulnerable to external threats. They can also indicate that the plant is not acclimating well to its new environment.
  • Sparse canopy or leaf density. A decline in the canopy density or the overall number of leaves compared to healthy specimens suggests that the plant may not be thriving. This can be due to root damage, over or under-watering, or exposure to excessive wind or sun.

Addressing these signs involves assessing the specific needs of the plant and the conditions of its environment. Our experts can ensure that your tree or shrub is receiving the appropriate amount of water, that the soil conditions are conducive to its health, and that it is protected from diseases and pests. Amending soil, adjusting watering schedules, or applying suitable fertilizers can often remedy these issues and help restore the plant to good health.

Not sure where to plant new trees or shrubs? Call (215) 607-6321 or contact us online to start exploring your options with our landscape experts today. 

What We Can Do for Your New Tree or Shrub

Our commitment to your green space extends throughout the life of your trees and shrubs, offering a suite of additional services designed to nurture and protect your investment. With a comprehensive approach that includes regular health assessments, pest and disease monitoring, and customized nutrition plans, we work to ensure your plants not only survive but thrive.


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