Planting a Tree
This is the best way to plant a tree in your yard.
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1. Determine the best location for the tree after considering details such as the proper distance from the house to allow for full growth.
2. Measure an area about four times the size of the diameter of the pot. Then, using the shovel blade, stab the shovel into the soil along the outer edges of the hole to mark the dimensions.
3. Dig approximately the depth of the shovel blade and turn the soil. This loosens the soil and allows the tree's root to easily spread. Note: If the soil quality is poor, add amendments throughout the entire hole.
4. Use the shovel to dig a hole the same depth of the container in the center of the marked area.
5. Carefully remove the tree from its container while holding on to the base of the trunk.
6. Place the tree in the center of the hole and position it so that it stands straight.
7. Fill in any gaps around the tree with soil
8. Mulch the planting area about 2" to 4" deep. This will help maintain moisture and also protect the tree from freezing.
9. Pull back the mulch from around the base of the tree so that no mulch actually touches the trunk. This will help keep any rodents from chewing on the tree trunk.
10. Spray the planting area with water to settle the mulch.
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