How to Plant and Grow an Ash Tree

Learning how to grow and plant an Ash tree can be as easy as planting most trees; however, Ash trees require little to no maintenance. Growing to heights of approximately 80' tall, Ash trees will spread their limbs to almost as wide creating a wonderful shade tree for your home or backyard.

Planting An Ash Tree

Prepare a hole deep enough in which to plant your tree, leaving approximately one foot of extra depth for potting soil, and approximately twice as wide as the root ball to allow for soil mixed with nutrients. Choose a spacious area as this tree will grow to very large proportions. Ash trees prefer full sunlight and nutritious soil with a factor of pH between 4 to 7. Dig a small moat around the base of the tree in which to water the tree. Due to its large growth, this tree requires moist soil, especially during the early growing stages. This tree grows very quickly and deep watering will enable its roots to penetrate deeply into the soil enabling the tree to securely grow to taller heights.

Growing Ash Trees

Pruning your Ash tree will determine whether it grows into a medium or very large specimen. It is a gorgeous tree whose leaves turn into vibrant shades of purple or yellow in autumn. In addition to providing shade, these trees add beauty and accent to landscapes with their versatility. Although prolific in varieties ( there are approximately 55 variations of Ash trees throughout the United States alone) the most common are White, Black and Water Ash. For areas where temperatures stay above 20 degrees Fahrenheit, planting the evergreen Shamel Ash is recommended which grows to heights of approximately 40 feet. For hotter areas, the Modesto Ash, which turns a brilliant yellow in autumn, is recommended. It grows to approximately 50' and is also a quick growing variety. This tree is also drought tolerant and a wonderful addition to dessert landscaping. Ash trees are tolerant of high winds and offergreat barriers against their damaging gusts.

Planting In The Right Place

The knowledge of the potential height and width of trees planned for landscaping or shading requirements should be taken into consideration when planning to plant trees. A tree's root structure is an often overlooked variable which could seriously impact a homeowners landscape. Realistic considerations early on will save homeowners much heartache later on. The careful selection of a tree, in addition to it's full growth potential must be considered in addition to purchasing a tree because of it's beauty. Additionally, carefully consider the tree's watering requirements, drought tolerance conditions and if you are up for raking, bagging and disposing of its leaves in the late fall. Plant trees far enough away from the home so that rapidly growing branches will not damage or interfere with a home, its windows or roof. Nurseries and homeowner outlets can often give solid advice on the planting of trees, their growth patterns and the advisability of planting a specific tree in your garden or front yard. Heed their advice.