Steps of Planting a Tree Properly

Whether you donate trees or buy one for yourself, you may plant trees the simple way — simply dig a hole and drop it but your huge investment might not make it throughout the summer or spring in case you don’t get it right the first time.

Tree Choice

The kind of tree you select should be determined by the characteristics of the place and what functions you want the tree to function. Bear in mind that a tree is a long term investment.

When selecting a tree in the nursery school, here are some items to Search for:

  1. Does the tree have desired branch angles?
  2. Are there any dead or twisted branches?
  3. Is your sapling the right size to the container it is in?
  4. Is your shrub root-bound? Gently remove the tree from the container (ask

Nurseryman to assist you) and assess the state of the roots. Roots circling around the outside of the container, enclosing the back, can finally choke and destroy the tree.

Location for Planting

Plant the ideal tree in the ideal place to save unforeseen trouble in the future. Trees grow big –up and outside. Know your requirements. Are you planting close to the driveway, pool or a different tree? All of the significant factors since trees drop leaves, branches, seeds or fruit, etc.. Root intrusion (like into subterranean pipes) can cause expensive damage to your house and shorten the lifespan of a shrub.

Technique of Planting

Before you dig, ensure the place you have selected for your tree doesn’t have any underground lines which will endanger you while planting.

A frequent error when planting a tree is to just dig a huge hole and put in amended dirt into the pit. This has a tendency to create a”container impact” on the shrub’s roots as they grow to the border of the amended soil then start girdling round the outside of the distance. This may ultimately lead into the tree falling in a large wind because the tree has not been in a position to correctly anchor itself using its own roots. A much better method is to split up or cultivate the soil at a circular area around the place where the tree is to be implanted. First, dig out a whole that is the thickness and width of the plant’s container. Then divide and the dirt around the hole that it’s loose.

Let the Root Balls Loosen

Together with the pit dug and the soil around the hole completely cultivated, carefully remove the tree’s root ball out of its own container, and with your hands, lightly loosen any external roots in both sides and bottom, taking care to not crack or damage the root ball.

Set the Tree

Put the tree at the middle of the pit onto the undisturbed pedestal therefore that the root crown (where the back meets the origins ) is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 inches above the surrounding ground level.

Eliminate the Stakes

Another frequent mistake, based on Beeler, is over-staking trees. If your tree is hardy enough to hold itself upright, don’t re-stake it. If the tree needs help to stay erect, use two ties and stakes. Put the stakes on opposite surfaces of the tree, then implanted beyond the region you merely cultivated, roughly 18 inches from the back. Place tree tape loosely round the back and then attached to the bets with ties.

Backfill the hole with the dirt you removed. Discard any weeds and grass from the ground. Don’t add soil amendments.

Finishing Touches

Produce a round berm around the bottom of this shrub to help include water and channel into your tree’s roots. This helps get the roots settle the soil. Spread compost or wood chips around 6 inches deep across the whole planting area, leaving a bare 4- to 6-inch place directly around the back. If you really did have to bet your tree, then occasionally assess the ties and stakes to make sure they are not damaging the branches or trunk.

Tree Survival Tips:

Listed below are just two of the very common scenarios that cause recently planted tree saplings to not endure –and strategies for preventing each issue.


Assess root moisture for recently planted trees. Do not be deceived by surface dirt conditions: assess the soil 4 to 6 inches deep. 1 effective method for watering, and one that wastes less.

water compared to utilizing sprinklers, would be to set the end of the hose against the back and allow the water trickle all night or day.


The main crown (where backward meets the origins ) must be 1-1/2 inches to two inches above floor level.