(Trans)Planting Trees and Shrubs
- Dig a hole 2 to 3 times wider than the root ball.
- Hole depth should be 2-
3 inches less than the root ball depth, so that the top of the root ball is positioned 2- 3 inches above the surrounding finish grade (ground level).
- CAUTION: Over-
digging the depth of the hole, then back- filling, may result in undesired settling.
- Place plant upright in hole, and start filling around the root ball with existing soil.
- If B&B, remove burlap from the immediate area around trunk.
- Continue filling around the root ball a few inches at a time, watering the fill each time to remove any air pockets.
- Insure that the root ball is adequately watered before finishing.
- Stake the tree only if it’s on a windy site or a severe slope.
- Mulch an area at least six feet in diameter around the plant.
- Do not put over 1 inch of mulch over the top of the root ball.
- Insure that the plant is adequately watered throughout the year.
- Start your fertilization program as the roots become established in the fill soil, usually sometime in the Spring if planting was in the Fall or Winter.
- Remove any nylon (or other) support or stake strapping by the end of the first year.