How to Plant & Care for Trees

With funding from International Paper the Savannah Tree Foundation Guide to Planting & Caring for Trees in Coastal Georgia, is now available in print or online here.

Looking for professional help? Contact a local arborist, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Read and/or downloand the STF handout on hiring an arborist here.

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Please READ THIS INFORMATION on CRAPE MYRTLES BEFORE you even think of pruning your crape myrtle trees.

Be sure your trees are ready for storm season. Read the Savannah Tree Foundation’s TREE CARE BEFORE AND AFTER STORMS.

There are many online resources about planting and caring for trees which you can consult, keeping in mind a few specific things about our geographical area:

  • Tree planting season is from November to February. It’s best to plant trees in the cold winter months when small trees can focus their limited energy reserves on putting down their roots.
  • Try to use native trees whenever and wherever possible.
  • Invasive species like the Chinese tallow tree should be avoided at all cost.
  • Xeriscaping is a landscaping method which helps conserve water and limits the need for irrigation.
  • Riparian buffers are found along coastal waterways including rivers, streams, creeks, salt water marches, lakes and ponds and refers to corridors or natural vegetation along those waterways which help protect waterways by providing a natural transition zone between upland development and adjoining surface waters. If you live along a coastal waterway, read more to find out how you can help protect these valuable resources using trees and other ground cover.
  • And, as always, it’s best to keep your trees on a regular schedule of pruning, mulching and maintenance for their best health and longevity, especially in our area, where we are subject to high winds and hurricane conditions. See the STF handout on watering tips here.

Places to get more info:

Happy planting!