Seedling diagram

How to Plant Your Seedling Correctly

The majority of a tree’s feeder roots are in the upper 6 inches of soil. This is where they compete with grassroots for oxygen, moisture, and nutrients. Feeder roots thrive on soil that is loose, moist, and fertile-conditions often lacking in soils around homes. In recognition of this, you might consider a planting area, rather than just a hole.

Tips for Success

  1. Plant your tree as soon as possible.
  2. If you are not able to plant it the day you receive it, place it in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. DO NOT FREEZE!
  3. Select a planting site that will give the tree room to grow and has the correct light conditions.
  4. Dig the initial hole as deep as the root system and about a foot wide.
  5. Remove the seedling from the bag and place it in the hole. Make sure the roots are spread out and are not crowded or bent.
  6. Crumble the soil back around the roots and pack firmly with your hands.
  7. Water the tree thoroughly to finish packing the soil around the roots.
  8. Mulch the planting area to a depth of 2 inches and to a radius of 9 to 10 inches around the tree. Organic mulches such as compost, wood chips, or decorative bark may be used.
  9. New trees need the equivalent of 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall per week during the first four years. Water the tree weekly during dry periods.

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