If you opt for the short-lived plant, expect that the root system will be aggressive. Hence, it’s good if you have plenty of area for your tree to grow. Otherwise, don’t plant the tree adjacent to deep-rooted plants or septic tanks. Naturally, you should place a tree near the area you want to shade. For maximum shading, plant it on the western or southern side.
How you bought your shade tree determines when you should plant it. Early spring and fall is the best time to plant your shade tree if you bought it in a burlap bag. Trees grown in containers can be planted almost anytime of the year, just make sure that the roots are not constricted by the container. Before you plant the tree, make sure that you add moisture to it regularly.
To accelerate your tree's growth, you should prepare your soil well for your shade trees. Dig a bigger hole for the root ball and work it over well before you replace it so the roots can penetrate through the soil better. For best results, add the fertilizer and nutrients to the soil before you replace it. You can also try organic materials like mulch. To encourage quick growth of your tree, bark and any branches or twigs will do.
You should plant the tree at the proper depth. Don't compress the soil too much when you replace it. Provide its first watering right after planting and before putting a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch at the base of your tree.