Planting Tips

  • Dig a hole with a diameter 2-3 times the size of the root ball diameter to loosen the surrounding soil.
  • Don’t loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole, as that may cause the root ball to settle and be planted too deep.
  • Place the tree in the dug hole so that the top of the root flare is 1-3″ higher than the existing grade.
  • Remove any containers, wraps, ropes, and straps from the base of the trunk. If a balled burlap tree is being planted, remove 1/3-2/3 of the wire basket and burlap wrapping.

*Note: We currently do not offer planting or transplanting services.

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Proper Mulching

This is valuable to the health of your tree because it:

  • Insulates the soil.
  • Retains water keeping the roots moist.
  • Keeps weeds out to prevent competition.
  • Prevents soil compaction.
  • Reduces lawn mower damage.

Improper Mulch

Root flare buried & mulch piled high up against the trunk.
Mounding, known as “volcano mulching” is detrimental.

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Proper Mulch

Root flare visible at the base of the tree & mulch extends to the dripline of the canopy.

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Mulching Strategies

A volcano mulching your tree is detrimental to its health because it puts a constricting layer of mulch buried up around the flare and trunk.

  • Mulch should be about 2″- 4” deep.
  • Modify at least 12” beyond the root ball for newly planted trees.
  • Keep mulch 3″- 6” away from the trunks of mature trees. In wet or poorly drained sites, avoid fine-textured mulches. Use coarse-textured mulches or none at all.
  • Modify out to the drip-line of mature trees.
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Stone Borders

Recommendations:

  • We recommend not placing stone borders around your trees. It can prevent roots from growing correctly.
  • Not to be used as a planting bed.
  • The stone can retain heat and deter water from getting to the roots.
  • Stone borders can also limit oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange between soil and air.

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