Planting for Dummies

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The following are steps to take to be successful in planting a healthy b&b tree.

  • Dig a hole that will be at least 1.5 times the diameter of the root ball no larger than 3 times the diameter, and a depth that allows for the top of the root ball to be the same height as the ground (Any spade or round-point shovel will do).
  • Remove the rope binding the ball and attempt to remove or break metal basket (wire cutters or a sharp knife).
  • When filling the hole back in, use a dirt ratio not exceeding more than 20% new healthy backfill material, so that 80% of dirt in the hole came out of the hole. (Compost, top soil, etc. are excellent additions to mix with the original soil, making a soil amendment)
  • When watering, the most important thing to remember is slow and deep watering (3 times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time for the first 6-8 weeks.)
  • After the hole is filled back in, you could put mulch down for moisture preservation, but never up against the trunk(bottom) of the tree, and never more than 3-4 inches deep, 2 inches being ideal. The type of mulch is up to you, just know that colored mulches fade, and smaller mulches tend to help prevent weed growth around your tree.
  • If necessary the tree can be held up with some stakes and tree staking rope; never use metal wire or thin twine always use something wider with a larger surface area and never for longer than a year.
  • It might be a good idea to use something to protect the bottom of the tree with a barrier; an excellent cheap solution is a 2-liter bottle.
  • In the winter you could use a chemical called an anti dessicant to help reduce winter damage and seal in moisture, a good company that provides this item is Wilt Pruf, look for it on the internet.

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