It's time to plant!
It’s Spring, and quite a few new trees will be planted soon, so here are a few random thoughts about how to help these “new to the neighborhood” trees become established. 1. First off, know the species, and the water, sun, and nutrient requirements this species needs to thrive. 2. The planting hole guideline should be one foot diameter for every caliper inch of the tree- larger is good. 3 Don’t plant too deeply!! The root flare ( that part where the trunk is “flaring” out to become the root system) should be an inch or so above grade to allow for settling. 3. Only use about 15% amendments to the native soil, after all, this is where the established tree will be getting it’s nutrients. (Tip- pile the soil from the planting hole onto a tarp. Makes mixing and backfilling a bit easier). 4. Saturate the root ball and the soil around the outside of the root ball with water, and remember, we are trying to get the root system to become established in the native soil. Don’t water the trunk!!.5. Install a mulch bed out past the original root ball about 3’’ or so deep (Another Tip-Bark mulch floats, and takes years to break down, so use a hardwood/cedar mulch). 6. Water….each species has it’s own requirements, usually specific to the site, so, ask a qualified professional for help with your site and conditions. I hope this helps some trees and homeowners to enjoy a lasting and beneficial life together.
10/14/2022 01:02:55 am
Great post, much appreciate the time you took to write this
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