Project Guide

How to Plant Hurricane-Resistant Trees

Choose Your Hurricane-Resistant Trees

Choose hurricane-resistant trees best suited to your needs. If room permits, group five or more trees together. A single tree has less wind resistance than trees planted closely together. Plus, root systems intertwine to better anchor trees in the soil. 

Dig the Holes

Be sure to plant trees 10 feet apart, but not in a straight line. Dig holes 3 to 4 times as wide but no deeper than the container. You want to make it easy for the roots of trees to grow outward. Fill the holes with water and let them drain.

Plant Hurricane-Resistant Trees

Ease the trees out of their pots. Gently loosen roots, being careful not to damage them. Set the trees in their holes so the place where their trunks meet the roots is at the soil line — not too high and not too deep. Spread the roots out. Fill holes halfway with soil and lightly tamp to eliminate air pockets. Replace the remaining soil and tamp again. Build shallow saucers of soil with 3-inch lips around the perimeter of each hole to contain water. Water each tree gently and deeply.

Mulch and Care for Newly-Planted Trees

Mulch around your planted trees, keeping the mulch away from each trunk. Do not mound mulch like a volcano. It can kill trees. Water regularly the first year, even during winter warm spells if the soil isn’t frozen. Maintain a construction-free zone out to the edge of the tree canopy. Protect roots from damage by keeping equipment and digging activities away from the root zone.