Handyman Wednesday #7: Palm Falls (Not to be confused with Palm Springs)

Hi everyone, Kevin’s here again with another edition of Handyman Wednesdays.  Jess and I spent this past weekend in Florida. It was about 80 degrees the entire time and Jess and I got to see my parent’s new house in Zephyrhills, along with my sister and niece.  All in all, it was an awesome weekend.

However, I’m not here to regail you with stories of how I got bit by a Fire Ant (true), how Jess and I successfully visited 3 different Disney parks before 2PM (true), or any of the stories of the International Wine and Food Festival at Epcot (seriously, it’s amazing… but stay on a Disney property, you won’t want to be able to drive home).

I’m here to tell you how I finally got to do something I’ve thought about doing many times at the Little House. We planted a tree! But instead of being the Magnolia tree I’ve been wanting to plant out front of our house,  I got to help my father, Todd, plant a Queen Plam Tree (or two) in front of his house.  It’s quite easy to do, and the only tool needed is a shovel.

Pre-Planting Instructions:

1. Select a spot where you’ll want the tree when it is fully grown.  Pay attention to the sun/shade requirements listed on the tag.

2. Make sure this spot is not so close to your house that the roots will wreak havoc with your foundation.

3. Get a shovel.  Seriously.  You should have one already.  If you don’t, make sure you get  a round point shovel with a fiberglass handle.  This is the one that Jess and I have.

Planting Instructions:

1. Dig a hole about twice as wide and almost twice as deep as the pot that the tree came in.

2. Poke holes around the edges of the hole you dug.  You want it to be easy for the tree’s roots to move outwards.

3. Pull your tree out of the tub it is in.

4. Spread the roots of the tree out so their not entirely in the shape of the previous tub.  This will help them grow faster

5. Put your tree in the hole.  Simple enough.

6. Fill in with soil all the way around.


Post-Planting Instructions:

If you’re planting a Queen Palm Tree like us, water once a day, every day for the first week.  The next two weeks, water every other day.  From then on out, water 2-3 times per week.  Be careful not to over-water (yes, there is such a thing).

These general tips will work for nearly any kind of tree, just be sure to read up on your specific variety before planting to be sure that there aren’t any special things your tree  needs.

Have you ever planted a tree?  What kind of tree would you like (I’m a Magnolia man myself)?   


5 thoughts on “Handyman Wednesday #7: Palm Falls (Not to be confused with Palm Springs)

  1. This is advice that the previous owners of our house could have really used! We had 6 trees on our property. We killed one but 2 have blown over in wind storms due to the fact they weren’t planted deep enough and their roots didn’t spread and our big front tree is SUPER crooked and getting worse all the time. I don’t think they planted it deep enough either and definitely didn’t stake it to keep it straight.

  2. I recently took over a property that had ruthlessly had all the trees cut down by the previous owners, for reasons I know not. All the surrounding area has plenty of beautiful trees with many evergreens that give homes too many birds that are supplied by Juniper berries and everything around seemed to simply synch with each other.
    It just seemed to make the absence of trees on my property so out of balance with everything around me. For this reason, I am trying to redress this with my own tree planting project. Being on a completely different continent and climate to you, sadly I won’t be able to plant a queen palm tree here, but I very much enjoy learning about what other places have to look at.
    It’s a case of you admire my pines; I will admire your palms. So any fellow being on a tree planting mission attracts my attention right now. I went on to enviously read up on the queen palm tree even though I will never be able to grow one , yet discovered a few things which may be of interest to your readers.
    As you pointed out you should plant them well away from the house as they have a wider root system than most and when established, it is important to water several feet away from the trunk. Now I await your pine tree care tips from Florida via Texas.

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