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How To Properly Plant a Tree

how to properly plant a tree

There is an easy way to plant trees.

You can opt to dig a hole in the ground and plop it right in – and you’d be right! Congratulations! You’ve planted a tree.

Sadly, however, this tree will most likely not make it through the season if you’re not aware of the specific details of planting a tree. Especially one you hope to live through the next century in an ideal environment.

This article will teach you how to properly plant a tree.

Type of Tree

The first aspect you have to consider when planting a tree is what kind of tree you’ll be planting. This is of note because not all trees need the same specific environment to grow.

You will have to consider:

  • Size
  • Shade
  • Color
  • What Fruit It Produces
  • Isolation

Planting Location

To save yourself unnecessary trouble, you need to make sure you’re planting your tree in the right location. Consider that trees shed foliage. Root invasion impacts where your roots will grow, and how they will interfere with pipes. This kind of property damage can cost you money and reduce your tree’s life.

Loosen the Soil

When planting a tree, you want to avoid simply digging a hole in the ground and planting the tree. When the soil around the hole is not loosened, this will make for a much harder time as your tree branches out into the surrounding soil. This, by association, leads to a much higher risk of tipping over.

After digging the hole, make sure to loosen the soil around it to make it easier for the tree to anchor itself.

Loosen the Roots

Take the root ball outside of the container carefully. Rub your hands gently along the outside roots, loosening them from the root ball without breaking them. You will then proceed to plant the root ball into the soil. Loosening the roots will help the tree properly anchor itself into the surrounding soil, instead of only being rooted by its root ball.

Planting the Tree

Make sure to plant the tree directly in the center of the whole. After, you will want to make sure the root crown (where the roots meet the trunk) is at least 1 to 1.5 or even 2 inches above the ground.

Staking The Tree

The rule of thumb is, if the tree is strong enough to stand upright on its own, you will not need any more stakes to support the tree. On the other hand, if the tree is not strong enough to hold upright on its own use two stakes, placed on opposite sides of the tree. These should be 18″ from the trunk. Attach the stakes with ties to the trunk, loosely enough to allow the tree to move slightly in high winds.

Last Check

Water your soil immediately after planting the tree – this will help the tree’s roots settle into the soil. Consider spreading mulch and fresh wood chips six inches from the base of the tree and six inches into the ground. This will aid in maintaining proper moisture levels for your tree to grow and receive nutrients.

Interested in tree maintenance services in the Volusia County area? Get in touch with Tree Worx, Florida, today!

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