Proper planting of trees and shrubs does not need to be a mystery. A few simple steps will help you avoid later issues.
*Start by making sure there is drainage, good soil, no growth restrictions and good sunlight where you choose to plant.
*Dig a hole deep enough so the root flare lines up with or is slightly higher than the soil grade. The width of the hole should be 2 or 3 times wider than the widest diameter of the root ball.
*Make sure you break up the soil to use as backfill.
*Remove all hardware, wraps, wire baskets before standing your tree in the hole.
*Handle your tree primarily by the root ball, stabilize by back filling 1/3 of the hole and water it in. Continue the process of back filling and watering until the hole is completely filled.
*Once complete, cover the area with mulch 2-3 inches deep (no more than 3 inches) without mulch touching the tree’s trunk.