How to Plant a Tree
From your Forestry Guide
Plant a tree correctly and you can be confident it will thrive and give you many years of pleasure.
- Dig a hole 2-3 times as wide as the root mass width and the same depth as the tree was planted in the nursery.
- Make sure the sides of the hole are soft, rough, and uneven as this will help speed root development in native soil.
- Place the baby tree in the hole, making sure it is visually straight.
- Backfill with soil around the roots until the hole is half full.
- Water to settle the soil and remove air pockets.
- Continue adding soil until hole is filled.
- Build a soil berm to form a basin or depression around the edge of filled hole.
- Fill depression with water several times always allowing it to soak into the root area between each filling.
- Fill the depression with mulch.
- When the tree is in a container : Gently remove root ball from container. If roots are circling or pot bound, gently separate and spread or untangle the root mass.
- When the tree is balled and burlaped: Remove all wire or twine. Carefully place tree in hole so ball is level or slightly higher than surrounding ground.
- When the tree is bare root: Keep roots moist at all times and plant at the same depth that it grew in the nursery.
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