Plant a Tree

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1995



Spring or fall is the best time to plant a tree. The following instructions are for a balled and burlapped tree.


  1. Measure height and width of root ball.

  2. Dig hole with a square shovel; it should be twice the width of the root ball, and just as deep as the root ball's height.

  3. Use a garden fork to loosen soil at bottom and along sides of hole.

  4. Slide root ball into hole.

  5. Remove any twine or wire, and cut away burlap. Adjust tree in hole so point where trunk flares will fall at (or just above) ground level. Fill hole, poking soil with shovel handle to eliminate air pockets; gently tamp down soil

  6. Water generously. Prune any damaged branches. Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch over soil, keeping trunk of tree clear of mulch.


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