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One of our planting jobs using a combination of shrubs and trees.

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Tree & Shrub Planting


Correctly planting a tree is not as simple as digging a hole and putting something into the ground. There are many factors to be considered, which require extensive knowledge of what trees need to be successful and to grow. At New Leaf Tree Services Inc, 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 between 3 and 5 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.

Shrub Plantings.

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Bare-Root Plants


When bare-root trees are this size when planted, we can plant in much larger quantities, and in a way that benefits long-term growth. As these trees grow, structural pruning can be performed to encourage solid branch connections, desired shape, and a strong central leader. For large upkept areas that are hard to manage, this type of planting can provide a way to transition back toward increased forestation of the land.

Benefits of planting bare-root:

  • Trees that are planted bare-root are typically much less expensive than container grown or balled and burlapped trees.

  • The roots of a bare-root tree have developed in their natural manner without the restricting influence of container walls.

  • Because there is no soil included with the root mass, and because the trees are transplanted while dormant, much more of the root system is able to be moved, and less transplant shock is experienced

  • Bare-root trees are frequently more successful in the long term, as their roots are able to develop and acclimate to the soil from a younger age.

  • Because bare-root trees have more root mass, and because they acclimate to the soil sooner, they typically grow much more in their first few seasons than container-grown trees. 

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” - Nelson Henderson

New Leaf Ecological Landscapes LLC.

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Inspired by our research about soil health, carbon sequestration, and other climate-change related concerns, we view the work of the new enterprise as vital to restoring and maintaining the well-being of our lands.

Our focus is converting lawns and otherwise barren spaces into meadows and wooded areas utilizing native plants. In addition we will design groves of trees to provide critical habitat for pollinators, improve soil health, prevent erosion and improve water quality.

Studies show that 40% of insect species are in decline, and this situation must be halted if we love our gardens and orchards. With diverse fruits and vegetables comes a diversity of flowers to feed insects. We live in series of interconnected webs, and we must honor them all. Removing your lawn to favor biodiversity gets us one step closer to a sustainable future.

All artwork created by Maude White.  Original paper cuts of a native American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis). 

I cannot praise the work of Caleb White and his professional crew at New Leaf Tree Services enough. The entire group of arborists was professional , reliable, diligent, respectful of us and our property, hard working. The charges were understandable and fair. Caleb's suggestions, which we incorporated, included sensitivity to the environment on our difficult, rocky, land with its woodland pools and hemlock forests. Five stars and highly recommended.

~Cindy Puccio

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