Want to plant a great tree in your yard? Here’s
what to do to give it a great start. The first thing to think about is where to
plant your tree. Some zoning and neighborhood associations have rules about what and where
you can and can’t plant. Also, before you dig, call 811 to have any underground utilities
marked. Watch the space to see how much sun it gets.
That’ll be important when you select your tree. All the trees at the garden center have tags
that specify things like sun or shade locations. They’ll also tell you the size of the mature
tree – so you know how far to plant from buildings, fences, landscaping or overhead
wires. The tags also have info about the right growing
zone for each tree. Lowe’s plants are selected for the climate in your area – native trees
are best. A good time to plant is in the fall or early
spring. In southern areas, trees can be planted in winter. Once you have your trees and location it’s
time to plant. Dig the hole about two times the width and the exact depth of the container.
Loosen the soil at the bottom and sides of the hole. Double check that the hole is deep enough
by temporarily placing the tree. Pull the tree out and add some water to the hole to
moisten the soil at the bottom. Then remove the container by cutting it on
two sides. Hold the tree by the root ball and place it in the hole. Gently loosen the
roots to help them grow out. Make sure that the trunk is straight and the
top of the root crown is even with the ground. Now backfill the hole with soil–filling all
around the roots. Gently tamp the soil to remove any air pockets. Add about 2 inches of mulch on the dug up
area. This will help hold moisture, and protect the roots in cold climates. Finally, you need to thoroughly soak the soil
with water. For the first year, you should water 2 to 3 times a week – and even more
in dry weather. A timer and a soaker hose can make that job easier. With that, your tree is ready to grow healthy
and strong. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to
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