Planting new trees on your property

Would you like to plant a new tree on your property? Perhaps you would like something smaller like a shrub. These are very easy to plant, but you have to do this the proper way for them to survive. It’s also not just about their survival the first few years. The way that you plant them initially is going to determine how tall they grow, and how robust they become. Here are a few of the best ways that you can plant a tree or shrub.

How To Plant A Tree

The first step of the process is to identify the flare of the tree trunk. Once that is done, you will then dig a very broad hole that is relatively shallow. It should be no more than 2 feet deep, and you must plant the tree in the whole with compost and dirt mixed at the bottom. This should be watered down, and then you will be ready to put the tree in. The roots of the tree are typically wrapped and those need to be uncovered. By cutting the twine, you can then place that into the hole. You will then cover the remainder of the roots up to the surface, pressing down firmly to make sure it is secure. However, since the tree is younger, it will not have a root system to hold it. That is why you must place a stick or pole adjacent to the tree, and tie it. This will ensure that the tree will go straight, and the roots will begin to grow as you water it over the next few weeks.

 

How Do You Plant A Shrub

 

Planting a shrub is very similar to how you would plant a tree. It always begins with digging a hole. It should also be relatively shallow, and wide to give the roots plenty of room to grow outward and then down. This will allow it to have the firmest a root structure. You will also place compost with dirt that is saturated in the hole before putting in the root ball. Once you have covered it up, you then must water the shrub immediately just as you did with the tree. This will give the roots the nutrients and water that will be necessary for them to grow. It is also recommended that you add a stick or pole adjacent to the shrub to tie it off so that it also grow straight.

There are a few other things that you should do if you’re going to ensure the health of the tree or shrub and that will include putting mulch around the base of either of these. Mulch is very helpful at helping to retain moisture, something that is vitally important for the health of the tree. When the roots are initially in the ground, it will take about a week for them to begin to grow deeper into the soil.


 

They will also grow larger, but this process cannot happen properly unless there is enough water in the soil to initiate this process. It is recommended that you do not over water. After a few weeks, you should cut this back to at least once a week instead of every few days. By following these simple strategies, there should be no problem at all with planting any type of evergreen or deciduous tree, or one of your favorite shrubs, so that they will grow tall and strong over the years to come.