Plant a Tree

There’s nothing quite like having a nicely landscaped piece of property. We might spend a lot of time doing it, setting things up properly and planting everything from shrubs to flowers. From time to time, we may want to add something larger and a tree is certainly a choice that is made by many homeowners. It adds years of life to the landscaping and can be a source of significant beauty as well.

The problem is, most homeowners are not fully aware of how to plant a tree properly. It really is not that difficult, and once you understand the method, you may even find that you are planting trees more often. The following is a step-by-step guide that can help you to get a tree planted and do so successfully.

The first thing that is necessary to do is to dig a hole for the root ball. This is where many homeowners tend to fall short because they don’t dig it nearly large enough. It is important to have a space that is much larger than the ball itself and in fact, it should be as much as three times as large as the root ball. Once you have a hole, it is time to place the tree. Make sure that you arrange it in the proper direction according to what you want. Be very careful when handling the root ball and if it is bound with twine, be sure to cut it and loosen the burlap.

The next step in the process is to add dirt back to the root ball. Adding the dirt one shovel at a time and packing it in gently will help to keep the tree straight and solid for a very long time. You will find that you have a lot of leftover soil because of the size of the root ball but this can be used to build a berm so that it is watered adequately. Since you dug a hole larger than the root system, it will be able to grow out easily.

Your new tree is going to need some support so drive in some stakes and tie the tree. Be sure to tie it loosely because tying it to tightly could damage the tree. Smaller trees should be fine with a single stake but a larger tree may need up to three stakes-placed around it in order to keep it as steady as possible.

Finally, you have an ongoing process of watering the tree. This should take place on a daily basis for at least three weeks to allow the roots to get a foothold in the new soil. You may also find that adding some fertilizer may provide some benefits, but it is not going to be appropriate for every planting.

That is all that is really needed to plant a tree. Once you get your first taste of success, you may find that you have more trees in your yard then you ever imagined possible.