How to Plant Shade Trees

Shade trees are the perfect addition to many yards. image by Deborah Finnell:


Shade trees are trees that grow large and wide, producing a lot of shade, hence the name. Popular shade trees include maples, willows, oaks and poplars, just to name a few. Since each shade tree is different, be sure to carefully read the planting instructions that came with your specific tree. Generally, shade trees can be planted in a similar manner.

Step 1

Select a location in full sun or partial shade. Think ahead by providing enough room for your tree's mature height and width. Be sure there are no power lines or neighbor's roofs in that range. Do not plant near concrete, pipes, wires or buildings since the large roots closest to the tree can damage them.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is two times as deep and wide as your tree's root ball. Check with your local utility company to be sure there are no underground utilities before digging.

Step 3

Treat your soil, if necessary. If your soil is not loose and rich, add some compost or peat moss before filling in your hole.

Step 4

Take your shade tree out of the container or untie its netting or root bag. Loosen any compact dirt. Place it in the hole, being sure the trunk is straight and tall.

Step 5

Fill the soil back in and water. Pat down the soil so there are no underground air pockets.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Peat moss
  • Compost
  • Water


Keywords: plant large trees, plant maple tree, plant oak tree

About this Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Photo by: Deborah Finnell: