Planting your tree into the ground properly and within a timely manner is crucial to tree survival and growth.
Start by digging a hole at least twice as wide, and only as deep as the root system of your tree. It helps to scour the walls of your hole to allow roots easier access into the surrounding ground. If the soil is rocky remove as many rocks as possible to help reduce air pockets.
Next, locate the moisture retainer packet included in the “tree planting kit,” and spread the granules into the hole. Be sure to mix the granules in with the existing soil in the hole, as this will retain moisture and release it to the roots as needed. Prior to planting the tree, prune off dead or extra-long root tips using clean, sharp pruning shears.
Then, form a small mound of soil in the bottom of the hole to support the roots, and evenly spread the roots in the planting hole. Roots should not be bent or altered to fit the hole. The hole should be altered to accommodate the roots.
Finally, begin backfilling the hole, and remember the upper roots should be just under the soil surface when the hole has been completely backfilled. Locate the slow release Bio Pak included in the “tree planting kit” and place it 1 to 2 inches from the outer edge of the roots, about 2-inches deep. Remember to water and gently tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.