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Tips for Proper Tree Planting

Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.

Make sure the root flare, the place where the roots flare away from the trunk, is at or slightly above the soil surface.

Dig the planting hole the same depth as the distance between the root flare and bottom of the root ball. Digging deeper can result in the soil settling and creating a water collecting depression around your tree.

Roughen the sides of the planting hole to avoid glazed soil that can prevent roots from growing into the surrounding soil.

Water thoroughly whenever the top 4 to 6 inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist.

Spread a 2 to 3 inch layer of wood chips over the surrounding soil. And pull the mulch away from the trunk of the tree to prevent rot and disease.

Wait a year to fertilize your newly planted tree.

A bit more information: No need to stake most newly planted trees. Staking should only be done for bare root trees, trees with large canopies and small root balls, and those exposed to high winds.

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