How To Successfully Plant A Tree
There are many benefits of having trees on your property, such as providing shade against the sun during the summer or even increasing the home value by contributing to a beautiful landscape. Choosing a tree and planting it on your own is a way to save money and place it where you want. However, in order for the tree to take to its new spot and really thrive, it is necessary to have the right materials and knowledge required to plant a tree successfully.
Once you have chosen your tree or trees, the first step is to ensure that all the gardening tools needed to plant a tree are on hand. It is absolutely necessary to have a good shovel, stakes and ties. Besides equipment, you will need to have fertilizer, mulch and compost ready to add to the soil where the tree is being placed. After all those materials have been gathered, the next step is to find the perfect spot.
Finding the perfect spot to plant a tree is a task that should be given time. It is not a good idea to just choose any good place for the tree, because it is hard to transplant large trees and if basic requirements regarding sunlight and soil are not met, there is also a high risk of losing the newly planted tree. Some factors to take into consideration when searching for the best spot include the height of the tree when it is full grown, spread of the tree’s canopy, shape, amount of sun hitting the spot, and acidity of the soil.
After the spot for the tree has been selected, the soil where it will be placed has to be pre-watered. This means that the day before actually digging a hole for the tee it is necessary to soak the ground so that it is fully saturated. The day when the tree will be planted, a hole has to be dug that is slightly larger than the width and depth of the tree’s roots. The sides of the freshly dug hole also have to loosened or roughed up before the tree is placed, because that will enable the roots to actually spread properly and grip into the soil. If this is not done, then there is potential that roots will simply grow in a circle inside of the hole.
The soil that was removed from the ground in the process of digging the hole is used to fill it in once the tree has been placed. Fertilizer and compost should be added so that the growing tree has enough nutrients to fulfill its needs. Stakes are then placed on the sides and attached to the tree so that it remains where it is. Finally, mulch is placed on top of the where the hole was dug and that retains moisture and prevents soil erosion.
By following those steps, the tree should thrive and grow to its fullest potential. The planting is the hardest part, and once it is done then the only thing left to do is water the tree a couple times each week.