- Locate all Underground utilities before digging.
- Determine the tree’s trunk flare. It is where the trunk of the tree extends at the base of your tree. This point must be visible after your tree has been embedded.
- Dig a broad, yet shallow planting hole. Holes must be 2 to 3 times wider compared to the root ball, but with the same depth as that of the root ball.
- Cut away the wire crate or basket, or remove the containers. Then, examine the container root balls for intermingling roots. Remove, cut or straighten them.
- Place your tree at the appropriate height. Care to dig a hole with the appropriate depth. If your tree is embedded too deep, newly developed roots will have difficulty growing or expanding because of oxygen insufficiency.
- Straighten your tree in the hole and prior to backfilling, you need to have someone view your tree from several different directions and angles to confirm that it is straight enough.
- Fill the hole thoroughly, but firmly. Then, pack the soil surrounding the base of your tree root ball in order to stabilize it. Afterwards, fill the remaining holes. Pack the soil firmly to get rid of the air pockets which can dry out the tree roots. Further decrease the air pockets by periodically watering the area while backfilling. You should not fertilize the soil at the very moment of planting the tree.
- Stake your tree if needed. However, research studies have shown that most trees develop stronger and establish root systems and trunk more quickly, if they aren’t staked at the planting time.
- Mulch the tree base. Mulch is basically an organic matter spread around your tree base in order to reduce weed and grass competition, hold moisture and moderate soil temperature extremes.
Always provide follow-up care and maintenance. Maintain a moist soil but avoid too much watering to the extent that the area is already water-logged. Lastly, water your trees at least once per week, barring rain as well as more frequently during windy and hot weather.
Right Place – Right Tree
Planning prior to planting can definitely make sure that the appropriate tree will be planted in the appropriate place. Correct selection and placement of the tree improve the value of your property and also, prevent expensive maintenance trimming or pruning, as well as damage to your residential or commercial property. And if you are in doubt or you have unanswered questions in mind, do not hesitate to contact a professional and experienced tree care service provider, or better yet, hire an arborist for best results.
Mulching are actually materials applied over the surface of the soil in order to improve the condition of the soil and also, maintain proper soil moisture, as well. It is basically one of the most advantageous acts a property owner can perform for a better tree health however, incorrect application of the mulch and wrong mulching materials can have a slight or even big negative effect on your trees in your lawn or landscape.