How To Plant

Tree roots in dug hole

STEP ONE

Dig a hole slightly larger than the diameter and depth of the tree and soil width.For example, if the tree roots and soil are 50 centimeter (19.7 in) /20" wide, dig a hole 60 centimeter (23.6 in) /2' wide to allow for maximum root spread.

Empty hole

STEP TWO

Check to be sure there are no large weed roots in the hole you have dug. If these are left there, they will compete with the new tree and may restrict its growth. Add your organic material to the hole and mix well. This will get the young tree off to a good start.

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STEP THREE

Plant the tree as far down in the hole where the roots meet the trunk. This is known as the 'root collar' and it should be level with the ground. Placing dirt around the tree trunk above the root-ball will cause the tree to grow in a way that may cause it to fall over pre-maturely. 

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STEP FOUR

Shovel in the remaining dirt from the tree container. Add more if necessary into the hole, taking care to pack the soil firmly around the tree.

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STEP FIVE

Give the tree plenty of water. We recommend watering your tree every day for the first week after you plant it. Then water it every two weeks for the first summer.

Planted tree with mulch around it

STEP SIX

Add a mulch area of a meter /a yard wide and 5 centimeter (2.0 in) / 2" deep around the tree base. Be sure not to let the mulch touch the tree itself. Leave an area approximately 10–20 centimeter (3.9–7.9 in) / 4-6" inches around the trunk of the tree.

Planted tree being watered

STEP SEVEN

Water the tree again and again. If your area is experiencing a heavy long term drought, do take the time to water your young trees in the winter about every 2 weeks. Trees get very stressed under those type of weather conditions and need the additional moisture to help them survive and thrive.