The Best Way to Plant a Tree in Your Yard
When many people think of planting a tree, they think about digging a whole and dropping in a plant. However, several factors need to be considered. These factors include size, privacy, shade, color and fruiting of the tree. Does the tree you selected at the nursery have desirable branch angles? Are the branches dead or dormant?
Remember when planting your tree to choose the right location while keeping in mind that trees grow large- up and out! Try not to plant your tree too close to building, walkway, driveway, etc. If there is damage to your future tree it could damage your property as well. Also make sure to steer clear of underground lines that could endanger yourself while planting.
While planting, dig a hole that’s the depth and diameter of the plant’s container, remove grass/weeds and break up the soil around the whole. If a tree is not planted in the soil the correct way it is at greater risk for improper anchoring, which can lead to the tree falling over in high wind. When planting the soil from the pot, make sure to maintain the root ball from the tree. If your tree is sturdy enough to hold itself up, do not re-stake it! If it needs help standing, use two stakes and some ties on opposite sides of the tree, eighteen inches from the trunk. Fill the hole with the soil you removed, and discard extra grass or weeds.
Water your tree thoroughly after planting, soaking the area. This process will establish the roots and let the soil settle. Spread mulch or wood chips six inches deep over the planting area, only leaving a bare five inch area directly around the trunk. Remember to properly water your tree every day, but do not overdo it. The soil should not be soggy, it should be moist five inches deep.