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
- Plant your tree as soon as possible.
- 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!
- Select a planting site that will give the tree room to grow and has the correct light conditions.
- Dig the initial hole as deep as the root system and about a foot wide.
- 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.
- Crumble the soil back around the roots and pack firmly with your hands.
- Water the tree thoroughly to finish packing the soil around the roots.
- 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.
- 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.