Purchasing a new tree can be a substantial investment for your home. You have purchased a tree, in the hopes that it will grow and add value to your Oakland Twp residence. If you want to watch your tree grow and become a beautiful part of your landscape, it must be properly planted, so that it grows strong and healthy, and can withstand the harsh Michigan winters, winds, and insects. Here are the steps to take when planting a tree that will help it grow healthy for many, many years.
Determine the Planting Location
Before you purchase your tree, it is a good idea to figure out where it should be planted. This is important because planting your tree in the wrong spot could lead to damage to the tree or other parts of your property. The first thing you need to do is find a location that is 15 to 25 feet away from buildings or sidewalks. This protects these structures from the growing branches and roots. Tree roots are very aggressive and will grow where they want. That may mean through the foundation of your house, into your water line, or right under your sidewalk. To ensure that you avoid damage to buried structures such as water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, or buried electrical or cables, have a utility company come to your home and mark these structures, before you buy your tree.
Mark the Dig Location
Before you leave for the nursery, mark the location you have decided on with a wooden or metal stake. When you return home with your tree, measure the diameter of the root ball at the largest point. Measure out a length of twine that is 1.5 times the diameter of the root ball (plus a little extra). Attach this twine to the stake. Using a can of spray paint and the twine, mark out the circular area that you will need to dig for your tree’s root ball to sit in
Dig the Hole
Before you start digging the hole, measure the height of the root ball. This measurement will tell you exactly how deep to dig your hole. Do not get rid of the soil that you remove from the hole, since you will need to use some of it to refill the hole once the tree is set in place. Measure the depth of the hole periodically as you dig, so that you don’t over or under dig the hole. Planting a tree too deep can cause damage to its trunk, and planting it too shallow can expose its roots to pests and disease.
Set the Tree
Once your hole is deep and wide enough for your tree’s root ball, place the tree inside of the hole. Do not remove any of the burlap or wire mesh, until the tree is set just like you want it. This will protect the roots from damage while moving, and ensure that it grows healthy. Use wire cutters to carefully remove any wire mesh or scissors to cut away as much of the burlap as possible. Don’t worry about leaving a chunk underneath the tree, the tree will grow around it. Once the root ball is uncovered, use a cultivator to gently break up the root ball. This will allow the roots to spread out and make the most of the soil and fertilizer around it. Before backfilling over the roots, add a quality fertilizer into the hole, and then completely cover the root ball with soil.
Your tree will need plenty of water to get established. Use a drip irrigation system to make this process easier, since your tree will need daily water for at least the first month. If you do not have an irrigation system, use a hose to soak the tree daily.
Visit our Nursery Near Oakland Twp – The United Plant Center
A new tree can be a great investment for your home; make sure that you give it the care that it needs to live a long, healthy life. Not sure what tree to choose or need more information on how to plant your new tree? Visit the professionals at The United Plant Center.
Looking for a nursery near Oakland Twp? We are located in Washington Twp on Van Dyke Rd, just north of 28 mile.