How to to plant a treeDesign by Deryn Davidson • Photos by Philip Hawkins
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Fall 2008 VOL. 25, NO. 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.
Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole with your shovel to ensure the root tips can penetrate the soil.
Remove the tree from the pot, making sure that the roots are pointing down or outward. If they are circling, gen- tly unwind them.
Set the tree in the hole. Ensure that it is oriented correctly and standing upright. Begin to backfill with soil from the hole.
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.
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.