Tips For Planting Success

These suggestions will improve your transplant success rate tremendously!

  • Dig hole at least twice as wide as the root ball, loosen the soil inside the hole. This allows for horizontal spreading of the root system.
  • Place the tree gently in the hole, start refilling with topsoil, water with a premixed root stimulant or fertilizer as recommended by a local nursery.
  • Fill in remainder of the hole, making sure no roots are near the surface of the ground, or the tree is planted too low in the hole. Tamp soil as you fill in to the ground level.
  • Tree wells: The easiest way to water your new tree, provide good saturation, and prevent runoff, is to create a water well. This is simply mounding soil in a circle around the base of the tree, about one third larger than the root ball. this forms a barrier that prevents water from draining away before it is absorbed into the soil.
  • Stake the tree, this provides support for the tree until the roots become established. Proper staking includes placing two poles outside the root ball in undisturbed soil on either side of the tree. Make sure one pole is standing in the direction of the prevailing wind path. The height of the poles should be no more than two-thirds the height of the tree. Use a flexible material for the tie. Old pieces of garden hose or carpet work well for protecting the tree where the rope comes in contact with the bark. Never tie the stake directly to the tree as this will cause deformation in the development of both the bark and trunk. Don't leave the tree staked longer than necessary, most trees can stand on their own after the first year.
  • Protect from heat shock the first day with a steady slow stream of water.
  • Water once a week, water in winter also if snow pack is poor. Keep foot traffic to a minimum to avoid soil compaction.