January 2020 – The right way to plant a tree: Part 2

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Proper planting steps

1. Find the point where the top-most root emerges from the trunk. Remove soil from the top of the root ball so that the top-most root emerging from the trunk is at the surface.

2. Dig a shallow planting hole as wide as possible. Dig the hole slightly shallower than the depth of the top-most root and twice the diameter of the root ball.

3. Slide the tree into the planting hole and remove synthetic material. Carefully slide the tree in the hole with the top most root 1-2 inches above the landscape soil. Materials used to transport the tree including twine, burlap, and a basket or container should be removed – unless doing so will void a warranty.

4. Backfill the hole and add mulch. Before backfilling, straighten the tree in the planting hole. Backfill the soil into the planting hole breaking up soil clumps. Apply a ring of mulch 2-4 inches deep extending 2 feet out from the base of the tree. Keep mulch slightly away from the trunk. Water your tree once planted.

5. Stake and prune the tree, if necessary. Staking may be needed to hold roots firmly in the soil especially if you live in a windy environment. Stake the tree until the roots are established, but no longer than one growing season. Light pruning may also be needed to remove broken or dead branches from the tree.

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