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How should I plant my tree?

A: Location conditions are extremely important and vital to a tree’s health. Be sure to examine the tree location conditions and follow these steps when planting your new tree:

  • Dig a shallow, broad hole: only as deep at the root ball, but 3x’s as wide in diameter
  • Identify the trunk flare: this is where the roots spread at the base of the tree. This should be partly visible after planting.
  • Place the tree at the proper height: majority of the roots should be within 12” of the soil.
  • Straighten the tree in the hole
  • Fill hole, gently but firmly
  • Stake the tree, if necessary
  • Mulch the base of the tree
  • Maintain with follow-up care

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