Planting a tree properly

To plant a tree properly, read the general planting instructions in Chapter 16 and follow these additional tips for trees:

  • Set the tree at the right height and make sure it sits on undisturbed soil.
  • Lift by the root ball, not the trunk, to prevent strain on the root system.
  • Carefully straighten the tree so the trunk is vertical.
  • Make sure that the best side of the tree is visible.
  • Staking weakens trees. If the tree is robust and well grown it won't need staking unless there are extreme wind conditions. Remove the nursery stake and see whether the tree remains upright. If you stake it, be sure the ties are loose to allow a little movement (see Figure 17-2). Large trees may need to be supported with guy wires instead of stakes.

Figure 17-2:

The correct way to plant a tree.

Reusable steel stakes

Stake only if necessary; use flexible ties at lower half of trunk

Reusable steel stakes

Stake only if necessary; use flexible ties at lower half of trunk

Keep mulch 1 to 2 inches back from base of trunk

Root ball is 2 to 3 inches above grade

Bring backfill soil to exposed edge of root ball

Place root ball directly on 1 undisturbed native soil for stability

Undisturbed native soil

Keep mulch 1 to 2 inches back from base of trunk

Soil line

Backfill mix (grade) consists of native soil, mycorrhizal innoculum, and organic fertilizer

Root ball is 2 to 3 inches above grade

Bring backfill soil to exposed edge of root ball

Undisturbed native soil

Place root ball directly on 1 undisturbed native soil for stability

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