I Bought a Tree...Now What?
- Make sure to call 811 to have utilities marked before you dig. If we are planting your tree for you, then we will take care of this as part of the planting service.
- We recommend digging a hole about 2-3 times the width of the root ball. Dig the hole slightly shallower than the root ball height. This will help to alleviate potential drainage problems. Make sure to break up the backfill soil as you dig; you may also need to add some topsoil to the backfill. We do not suggest removing the existing soil and replacing it with other soil.
- Trees come in containers or are balled & burlapped.
- Containers: Remove trees from plastic containers. If the roots are entangled; cut vertically down the root ball or gently loosen. Place root ball into the hole.
- Balled & burlapped trees should be placed directly into the hole leaving the burlap, twine and wire cage in place.
- Backfill the hole with soil 1/2 way. Check to make sure that the tree is straight before removing all twine from balled & burlapped trees. Fold or clip the burlap and move it away from the tree trunk.
- Finish filling the hole with the soil, and tamp the soil firmly around the root ball. Water thoroughly. Mulch the exposed root ball to a depth of 3" keeping the mulch away from the tree trunk.
We would like you to enjoy your tree for years to come. It is important to plant your tree correctly so that it remains healthy. After care is important too!
TREE PLANTING TIPS
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO WATER?
- Staking: Staking is only suggested if needed. If the tree roots are not solid in the ground or if the tree is exposed to high winds, then staking will keep the tree straight until the roots have formed an anchor.
- Pruning: Initially prune only damaged branches.
- Fertilizing: We suggest fertilizing with a general root stimulator when planting.
- Trees can be planted in any season as long as the ground is not frozen.
We suggest watering trees until the soil surrounding the root ball is moist 3 to 5 inches deep. Water slowly and monitor soil moisture by sticking your finger into the soil. Soaker hoses or hoses left to trickle slowly directly on to the root ball work best for this.
NOTE: Much of the soil in Allen County is heavy clay soil. If you have heavy clay soil we recommend that you water more frequently, but not as heavily. Use your finger to monitor soil moisture.
After the first couple of weeks the tree should be watered weekly depending on the current weather conditions. It should receive the equivalent of 1" of rain per week. Continue this watering plan for the first two growing seasons after planting.