A tree is more than just roots, bark, and leaves. Trees are a special part of our environment, and it’s important to take the utmost care of our trees – from its initial planting to its ongoing care. It is hard work and good exercise to plant a tree.
If you’ve never planted one before, you can relax. We put together our best tips for successfully planting a tree.
Dig a hole
Once you’ve determined the right type of tree for your landscape and climate, and where your new tree will be placed, dig a hole. But first, call 811. It is a Minnesota state law to call ahead before starting any project that requires digging. This helps you avoid damaging any underground utility lines.
TIP: Dig your hole three times as wide as the root ball of your tree.
TIP: To prevent settling, the depth should be no more than the height of the root ball.
Place your tree
Carefully place the root ball into the newly-dug hole. Once it’s in, adjust your tree so the best side is facing the direction you want. For example, you may want to face the fuller, leafier side toward the street for others to enjoy.
TIP: Make sure the tree is absolutely upright. This may require assistance from another person.
TIP: If the root balls are covered with burlap, cut the twine and remove the burlap before planting.
Refill the hole
Backfill the soil around the root ball. Lightly pack the soil so that the tree is firmly planted but can easily access water. Form the soil around the base of the tree into a basin to catch more water. Newly planted roots require a healthy amount of water as they become established in the ground.
TIP: Check the tree trunk frequently to ensure it’s straight.
Stake your tree
Drive the stake through the root ball and into the ground underneath your tree. The stake should be tied to the trunk as you might tie a compression bandage – not too tight and not too loose. This supports the tree as it becomes established.
TIP: Large trees may need a few stakes – two or three, depending on the size – placed around the trunk.
Give your tree its first watering shortly after planting. Then, water it every day for several weeks. The roots are growing out into the surrounding soil, so you can gradually reduce the frequency of watering.
TIP: Add a 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree to keep water in and weeds out.
Tree Care and Maintenance
After you have successfully planted a tree, Contact Ostvig Tree Care for help with your ongoing tree care needs. We provide tree pruning, which should be done routinely, and other specialized services.