Step by Step Guides

How to to plant a tree
Written by Deryn Davidson photographs by Philip Hawkins.
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Fall 2008 VOL. 25, NO. 1.

Step 1

Select a tree appropriate for your site. Dig a hole twice as wide as the tree’s root ball and no deeper than its height.


Step 2

Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole with your shovel to ensure the root tips can penetrate the soil.


Step 3

Remove the tree from the pot, making sure that the roots are pointing down or outward. If they are circling, gen- tly unwind them.


Step 4

Set the tree in the hole. Ensure that it is oriented correctly and standing upright. Begin to backfill with soil from the hole.


Step 5

Create a water basin around the tree with extra soil. Spread three to four inches of mulch around the tree, but not directly touching the trunk.


Step 6

Fill the basin with water. Let it settle, fill it again. Be sure to water regularly for the first year or until established, then taper off.

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