Proper Planting of a Tree or Shrub

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.

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