Planting and Maintaining Tips

Selecting a tree

Trees add beauty and so much more.

  • Reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Help clean the air.
  • Adds value and character to your home.

Choosing a tree should be a well thought-out decision. Proper selection can provide you with years of enjoyment. It can also significantly increase your property value.

Some questions to consider in selecting and planting a tree includes:

Park Tree Planting

  • What space is available?
  • Where are your underground pipes?
  • What trees can be planted in shade?
  • What kind of trees are flowering?

Check out our Tree Selection Toolkit [PDF - 11.2 MB] for suggestions on trees to plant as well as helpful tips on tree planting location.


The ideal time to plant your tree is during the dormant season. In Saanich, that is generally November through March. Proper care before, during and after planting is important to minimize transplant shock. 


Mulch is valuable for your tree’s health and care, for many reasons:

  • Moderates soil temperatures;
  • Conserves moisture;
  • Supresses weeds;
  • Prevents soil compaction;
  • Enriches the soil;
  • Reduces lawn mower damage.


Regular watering after planting encourages rapid root development. When watering new trees, check the soil frequently. The soil could be dry in the root ball and wet in the backfill soil.  

Depending on temperature and rainfall, we generally recommend you water newly planted trees every day during summer months.