Planting a tree consists of much more than digging a hole and putting a tree in it. Whether you’re landscaping your yard for the first time or simply adding some color to your property, there are several things you need to do to ensure that trees survive and take root properly. First, consider the reasons you are planting a tree to begin with – will it be ornamental, for shade, or for fruit? The trees’ purpose will affect where you plant it and how much room it will need. Also consider your climate and landscape in choosing the right tree.
Your nearby university’s extension office or a local nursery will be the best resources for helping you pick the right tree for your specific needs, and will be able to tell you when the best time of year to plant the tree is.
Prepare the tree for planting by cutting it out of its burlap sack. Measure the root ball and dig a hole as deep as the root ball and two to three feet wider to ensure that the tree has enough room to grow. Gently place the tree in the hole, making sure that the top of the root ball sits just below the top of the hole – there shouldn’t be any roots exposed when you are done. Carefully position the tree in the direction you want it to face, and then begin to back-fill the hole. Stake the tree on opposite sides to prevent the wind from blowing it one direction and to help the roots become established. You should leave the stakes in place for at least a year.
Water the tree generously at first and then maintain a daily watering schedule for at least a week to support the root ball. As it keeps growing, enjoy the tree for the purpose you planted it, keeping up with the recommended watering schedule for your local climate and pruning as needed.
A great resource that will be able to provide you with tools needed in order to complete a job like this is Rona, they are a tool supplier in the Canadian regions. A quick visit with a shopping list of needed supplies is normally a great idea they also have a garden center, although most of the plants are smaller scale and not physically trees you can still pop into the center and check it out.
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