Once you've planted it, don't forget to label your tree.
You planted the right tree in the right location, well done! Don't forget to label your tree, it's the last (but often overlooked) step when you plant a tree.
Why should I label my trees?
- Organization. Know what is growing on your property.
- Source of valuable information such as where tree was purchased and date planted.
- Visitors can enjoy knowing what is growing in your yard.
- When you move or pass on property, new owner knows what is growing.
What should be included on tree label?
- Type and variety of tree
- When tree was planted
- Where tree was purchased
- Rootstock (if known)
- Any other pertinent information you would like
How should I label my trees?
There are several different methods. Each method requires upkeep. Decide which method or combination of methods will work for you.
Label in tree on branch.
Disadvantages: Could girdle branch, must loosen fastener as tree grows.
Label for tree in ground.
Disadvantages: Can be easily lost or moved.
Diagram of yard with trees labeled.
Whichever method(s) you choose, spend some time keeping it updated. This is a great project for the off-season in your garden. “The palest ink is stronger than memory” holds true here. Take a few minutes to document your plantings. You won’t be sorry if you do.