Proven Tips for Planting New Trees Following Insect Infestation

Insect infestations can have a major impact on your trees and the appearance of the rest of your landscaping. While getting rid of insects like emerald ash borers, pine beetles, and tussock moths is possible, it’s common for the trees they infect to be damaged beyond repair. After removing the impacted trees, you’ll want to find ways to restore your landscaping, and the best way to do that is to plant new trees.

The process is more involved when your yard is recovering from an infestation. Here are a few proven tips to help you set your new trees up for success.

Make Sure the Infestation Is Gone
Before you bring a new tree into your yard, you’ll want to make sure the infestation is dealt with. Inspect your other plants and trees for signs of infestation. Consult with a professional tree health care team to make sure the insects that killed your old trees are gone and won’t pose a threat to any new species you plant. This will reduce the risk of premature death for any trees you plant and can increase the chances that they’ll be able to become established in the soil before any new or major threats are introduced.

Choose Resilient Trees
Insect infestations typically only impact specific tree species. Use this to your advantage. If you’ve recently suffered a lot of damage due to emerald ash borers, plant trees outside of the ash species. If you suffered pine beetle damage, consider planting aspens or another non-pine species. By choosing trees that are naturally resilient and resistant to the type of insect infestation you already dealt with, you’ll reduce your risk of future infestations. 

Prep the Area Well
There’s more to planting trees than digging a hole. You need to prep the area. Make sure the soil is moist and easy for the new tree to become established in. Remove debris and plant matter from around your site to reduce the risk of insect infestations. If you’re planting close to other trees or shrubs, take the time to prune them back. This will help them stay healthier and reduces the risk of any residual infestations reaching your new tree.

Choose the Right Location
Remember, if you’re planting a different type of tree, it may not grow well in the same spot as your old one. Take your time and choose a location that can support the growth of your new tree and help it thrive. If you’re not sure which part of your yard will be suitable, let an experienced tree care specialist help you find the best site.

Planting New Trees Can Help Your Yard Recover
Losing a tree to an insect infestation can be devastating. But planting a new one in its place can help your yard recover. As long as you follow these tips, you’ll be able to set your new tree up for success and improve the look of your landscaping. Just make sure that any insect infestation is gone before you add a new tree to your property. 

If you think you have insects that are threatening the health of your trees, don’t panic. Contact Root Tree Service today and let our plant health care team help.
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