|Dig your hole 12 inches wider than the rootball. This leaves 6 inches
all the way around the rootball for your backfill. The depth of your hole
should be precisely the height of the rootball. For example, if the rootball
ball stands 26 inches high and 24 inches wide, then the hole needs to be 26
inches deep and 36 inches wide. Leave the wire basket and burlap connected to
|Roll the tree into the hole, making sure that the top of the rootball
is at or slightly (1-2 inches) above ground level . The general rule on
backfill is what comes out, goes back in. Break up the soil that
was removed as best as possible. Backfill the hole trying to leave no air
pockets. It is not necessary tamp the backfill. With the remaining backfill,
create a saucer around the outer edge of the rootball. This saucer
should be approximately 6-8 inches in height, and over time will naturally
settle around the rootball. No backfill should be placed on top of the
rootball. Any white nylon string or straps must me removed after planting. All
other types of strings may stay on and will decompose. A thin (1-2 inches)
layer of mulch can be spread over the top of the rootball and the
saucer. Staking the tree may be required (ie. high wind area, slope
|Balled and Burlap Trees: Turn hose on to a trickle (like what
comes out of a drinking fountain) and place next to the trunk of the tree.
Water for 30-45 minutes or until water begins to runoff. Water the tree in this
fashion every 10 days. Do not water your tree everyday!
Containerized Trees: Follow the directions above, but water the
tree 3 times the first week, 2 times the second week, and 1 time every week
thereafter. Do not water your tree everyday!
Note: 1 inch of
rainfall in a 24 hour period is considered 1 watering.