10 Tips for Planting New Trees and Shade Vegetation
Many suburban and urban land need loosening before you plant. If the soil is compressed until it an area of at least five times the diameter of the root ball. Plant your new trees and shrubs in a cool or cloudy days to reduce the stress of moving.
- Dig a hole in the incoming soil. The hole diameter should be approximately twice the diameter of the root ball but the same height as the root ball.
- If your soil is very heavy or sandy, mixed-quality compost or potting soil with the soil removed from the hole.
- Remove the plant from its container, gently release its roots.
- If the root ball is surrounded by burlap or wire, remove it before planting.
- Place the tree in the hole so it sits on its original soil line.
- Solid, but gently, fill the hole half full of soil removed from the hole and let clod the area around the root ball to remove air pockets.
- Water well and then fill the hole to the top with soil. Water again.
- Build a watering basin 3 inches to 4 inches (8 centimeters to 10 centimeters) high around the new facility is about twice the diameter of the root ball.
- To maintain root moisture and reduce weeds cover the soil around the new facility with 4 inches (10 cm) of mulch. Use good aged organic materials such as old leaves and grass clippings, bark, and aged sawdust or wood chips.
- Keep plants and watered for the first year, but must be careful not to drown it! Watering deeply twice a week is usually sufficient.