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Tree & Shrub Planting

Two river birch trees (Betula nigra) we planted last summer

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New Leaf offers a variety of planting options, from small bare-root plants, to large balled and burlapped material. We work with local nurseries to source quality stock, ensuring plants are adapted well to our local climate.

We plant all our trees according to currently accepted planting standards as outlined in Principles and Practice of Planting Trees & Shrubs (1997, International Society of Arboriculture), and we take great care to ensure your transplanted trees are installed properly. 

Here are some details to consider when planting trees and shrubs:

  • Budget

  • Reason for planting

  • Desired initial and mature tree size

  • Available space

  • Desired species

  • Quality of soil

  • Water drainage

  • Sun exposure

When we plant, we carefully follow these guidelines to ensure proper installation:

  • Carefully inspect new trees and shrubs for defects.

  • The planting hole must be a minimum of 3 times the diameter of the root ball, depending on soil conditions.

  • The root flair must be slightly above grade.

  • Soil must be loosely backfilled to avoid compaction.

  • Water, water, water.

All of our planting installations include the addition of essential soil amendments that assist new trees and plants in establishment and long term growth. These amendments include mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial bacteria, biochar, and compost.


We require an in-person appointment for all potential planting projects. 

Caleb and his team were wonderful. They treated the property with respect, were completely on time and budget, and left everything in fantastic shape. I'll be happy to recommend New Leaf to anyone, and rest assured they will have my business forever!

~Peter in Ghent, NY

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