How to Plant Your New Trees
9 Easy Steps to Planting Your New Tree
Call 811 prior to planting your new tree, to have underground utilities located. It’s the law!
1) DIG THE HOLE
Dig the hole a minimum of 6-12” wider than the root ball, but no deeper.
2) AMEND THE SOIL
Amend that soil with 20-30% soil amendments (compost, composted manure, or Pine Soil Conditioner). Chop amendments / existing soil together.
3) PREPARE THE ROOT BALL
For container-grown plants, LOOSEN THE ROOTS! Massage roots apart if possible; otherwise use pruners, soil knife, or sharp spade to cut roots loose 1-2” into root mass. LOOSENING THE ROOTS IS A MUST!
4) PLANTING YOUR TREES
Place the plant in the center of the hole. The top of the root ball must be ‘at’ or slightly above soil level (never plant too deep). For balled and burlapped plants, the top of the root ball must be ‘at’ or 1-2” above soil level. We recommend removing the top ring of the wire basket and the burlap from the top of the root ball. Slice the sides of the burlap as well. This helps allow water to penetrate the root ball. Do this after the tree has been placed in the hole for planting. Backfill with amended soil mixture around the root ball, gently chopping or slightly tamping the soil as you go. Fill to the shoulder of the root ball, but NEVER over the top.
Apply a root stimulant/plant starter after planting. Reapply per label instructions. Use first 1-2 years after planting.
6) MULCHING YOUR TREES
Place 1-3” of mulch over the root ball/planting area, but not against trunks of trees.
Immediately after planting, water the root ball and surrounding backfill slowly and thoroughly. Soak again the next day, then begin regular watering. Proper watering is ‘key’! For more watering tips, click here.
Situations, where staking is needed, include extremely windy sites, container-grown trees, root ball that doesn’t feel solid after planting, etc. Tree staking kits, single-stake at an angle, or 2 stakes may be used. Staking should remain no longer than one year.
9) PROTECT TREES FROM DEER
If you have deer in your area, place deer guards on tree trunks from September thru mid-April. Buck rubs will destroy your trees in just one site visit!
Now, let’s keep your plants healthy and happy. Click Here for Watering Tips!
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