Do you love the cool breeze that trees offer?
Also, don’t forget that spot where you like to sit and read or think in its soothing shade. That purified air that you feel and breathe as you walk along a tree-lined path. If you do enjoy the existence of trees and their many benefits, you will need to learn how to plant and maintain trees from their young age in the nursery bed.
A walking path, full of grown trees.
Planting and maintaining trees is not as simple as it looks. There are steps to consider to ensure you do it in the best way possible.
Steps on Planting a Tree
1. Select and mark the planting location
You should choose a spot that is preferably 20 feet from any building premises or even other trees to make sure the tree has enough space for proper growth of the roots as well as the canopy. Don’t forget to mark the spot you have chosen either by placing a stake into the ground or spraying with paint.
2. Check the measurements of the root ball
Why do I need to measure the root ball? It’s to expose the root flare. Also, the height of the root ball determines the depth of the hole to plant the tree. To expose the root flare, you need to remove the burlap and the soil around the root ball.
3. Dig the hole
make sure the hole is big enough to accommodate the root ball. Preferably it should be at least twice the size of the root ball. You can use a shovel, which you can purchase at any garden store to dig the hole.
4. Place the tree in the hole
It’s time for you to plant the tree. Gently put the tree in the hole. You need to make sure the hole is not too shallow or too deep. Place it in such a way that the roots are not exposed and ensure the crown is above the ground. You can also position the tree in the direction you want it to face. At this stage, remove the burlap and any wire basket around the root ball.
5. Refill the hole
It’s advisable to use the same quantity of soil you dug out from the hole. You can decide to mix the soil with compost or using superphosphate (not preferred since most commercial fertilizers can over-boost the growing tree and make it thrive improperly) to provide the necessary nutrients for the tree’s growth. Make sure the root flare is not exposed. You can mix the soil using a shovel and leave enough space for the roots to grow. Also, water just a little
To assist the tree to grow upright, you can use stakes but only for the first year. It helps in the establishment of roots as it protects the tree from coming into direct contact with animals or humans.
Maintaining the Trees
After planting the tree, it’s time for you to do the watering. You can choose to water regularly for at least two years or use drip irrigation. Preferably you can do watering every day up to the sixth week, to ensure that the best establishment of the roots is achieved.
You can use wood chips, leaf litter, or pine bark as mulch. It helps the tree by keeping a proper moisture in as well as getting rid of any growing weeds. It also protects the tree from lawnmowers and trampling. Use organic mulch since while decomposing they add nutrients to the soil. Do you want to plant grass? You can also check on how to keep birds from eating grass seeds by using the grown trees leaves as mulch.
It helps remove any dead, broken and diseased branches from the tree. Prune gently to avoid any damage to the healthy parts. You can use a gardening shear or a knife to do the work. If the tree is okay, then there is no need of pruning.
Now you can grow that seedling at the backyard of your home with the simple steps we just discussed. Also, grow grass in your backyard to make it a perfect place for nights out. Still, you ought to learn about how to use best lawn sprinklers to water the lawn. You should plant trees since they are more beneficial to you in many ways.
Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.