National Tree Planting Standards Released

Washington, DC (July 2102) – The American National Standards Institute has approved a major revision to ANSI A300 (part 6)-2012 which brings industry consensus around tree planting. An Alliance for Community Trees representative chaired the standards subgroup, representing our local organizations that plant and care for millions of trees nationwide .The initial standard only covered transplanting, and is now expanded to include initial planting. The new standard provides guidelines on objectives, plant and site inspection, tools and equipment, digging the hole, installing woody plants, support systems, and post-planting care practices.

Begun in 2008, the American Nursery and Landscape Association led the subgroup initially in order to ensure that concerns from the nursery and landscape trades were addressed and that production and handling methods were not inadvertently impacted by the document. The Alliance for Community Trees was recently granted a seat on ASC A300 and was able to assume chairmanship of the subgroup for the final year of the process. Mike Galvin, director with the Consulting Group at SavATree, NY, acted as the ACTrees representative to the ASC A300.

The most significant change in the new edition of ANSI A300 (Part 6) is section 6.4, Tree Planting Practices. This section includes the information seen in many brochures and booklets regarding how to plant a tree. The new section includes guidelines on objectives, plant and site inspection, tools and equipment, digging the hole, installing woody plants, support systems, and post-planting care practices.

Related Resources
ANSI A300 (Part 6)-2012 Planting and Transplanting
Mike Galvin, “ANSI Part 6: The First Industry Consensus Standard for Tree Planting,” TCIA Magazine, July 2012 (SEE PAGE 28)