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Gauging Holes

Martha Stewart Living, July 2004

Save time and effort when planting a tree by using tools you have handy to measure the hole. Stand a rake next to the root ball and grasp the handle an inch or two below the root flare (where the trunk meets the root ball). Then see if the hole is deep enough by laying a spade across the opening and lowering the rake to the bottom; your hand should meet the spade.

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