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Eight Steps to Successful Tree Planting

Get your new tree or shrub off to a great start by planting it correctly. Trees can add beauty and economic value to your property.

  1. Dig a large planting hole. The planting hole for your tree or shrub should as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. It's better to put a $100 tree in a $200 hole than a $200 tree in a $100 hole.
  2. Prune sparingly. Prune only broken branches from the top of the tree, making sure to leave the branch collar. Allow a full season of growth before starting corrective pruning.
  3. Prepare the hole and soil. Do not fertilize until the tree or shrub is well established. Instead, fill the hole with good, rich native soil. Absolutely do not apply high-nitrogen fertilizer as it can burn the tender roots.
  4. Place the tree at the proper height. Add enough soil to the bottom of the planting hole to bring the tree to its original soil-line growing level.
  5. Fill the hole gently but firmly. If the tree or shrub is balled or burlapped, cut and remove the string or wire from the hole. Spread the roots out then fill the hole by gently firming the earth around the tree to hold it in place, and water the planting hole to eliminate air pockets.
  6. Stake the tree, if necessary. This process can damage the bark, so should be avoided when possible and only done if the tree is too tall to stand alone or has a weak root system, as in dwarf fruit trees.
  7. Add mulch. Two to four inches of leaf litter, straw, shredded bark and twigs, peat moss or wood chips will conserve soil moisture and protect roots from heat and cold. Spread mulch in a circle up to three feet wide; keep mulch a few inches from the trunk.
  8. Water regularly. Regular watering during the growing season is important to aid the development of a strong new root system. Keep the soil moist but not soaked. A good watering every 7 to 10 days should be adequate.

Selecting and Planting Trees and Shrubs

Contact us for help selecting and planting trees and shrubs for your yard or property. We can recommend, provide and plant trees and shrubs that create the look you desire, are well suited to the growing conditions in your yard, and match the level of maintenance you prefer.
Trees add beauty and economic value to your home.
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P.O. Box 1847, Auburn, WA 98071

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