Tree & Shrub Planting Guide

Do-it-yourself planting can be a lot of fun, but there are some things you need to know before you start to make sure that your tree or shrub is planted properly.

Tree & Shrub Planting Guide


Know your plant’s sun and water needs, and mature size when you choose a location. Remember to contact to avoid damaging any underground facilities.


The best times to plant trees and shrubs in Colorado are during the spring and fall months (March 15-June 15 or September 1-October 15). New plantings do best in moderate temperatures.


  • A sharp shovel

  • Tape measure

  • Tarp (Using a tarp for your soil pile makes mixing and cleaning up much easier.)

  • Compost (We recommend Cotton Burr Compost as it helps acidify our alkaline soil. Mushroom Compost is also recommended.)