Tree Planting

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Tree Planting
Guy Wires Mulch Prepare Rootball Position Rootball Hold Size and Amended Backfill Mixture Guying Stakes Insecticide Notes Watering Notes Soil Berm

Guy Wires

Route 2 strands of galvanized wire through rubber hose (12-18" length) & twist tight for support. Place hose above first lateral branches. Attach wire to guying stakes (2" x 2" x 36"). Cut notch in back of stake to hold wire. Mark wire for safety.

Mulch

Apply 3" mulch, bark, and/or pinestraw around base of tree, but minimize at trunk.

Prepare Rootball

Remove burlap/wire/strapping from top 1/3 of rootball. Remove noticeable weeds.

Position Rootball

Rootball should be placed on compacted base so as not to settle. Rootball should be 2" above existing soil line.

Hold Size and Amended Backfill Mixture

Width of hole should be a minimum of 12" wider than rootball.

Amended Backfill Mixture

  • 1/3 "Nature's Helper" — 2 cf bags (1 bag per 1.5" of caliper)
  • 2/3 Existing soil — broken/loose

Note: Incorporate "DIEHARD" Root Stimulator into top 1/3 of the amended backfill mixture. (8oz packet / 2" caliper).

Apply 17-17-17 fertilizer in early March and early June. 1 cup (8oz) per caliper inch. Spread evenly over outer 1/3 of rootball.

Guying Stakes

Guying stakes should be inserted at a 45º angle.

Insecticide Notes

Newly planted trees are susceptible to insects. Apply "Coretect" Insecticide Tablets + Fertilizer (12-9-4) at time of planting. 3 tablets per caliper inch into top 1/3 of rootball. Then apply "Safari" insecticide soil drench in mid-April for systemic control of most problem insects. 1 oz per 2" tree. Mix with 2.5 gallons water and slowly apply to base of trunk and evenly over top of rootball. Follow all labels and safety information.

Watering Notes

Too much water can be as detrimental to the livability of a tree as not applying enough. Monitor your watering practices to help ensure the success of your trees and your investment. Watering in the winter months is equally critical to watering in the summer months as rootball can dry out due to temperature and wind.

Soil Berm

Mounded soil berm outside of rootball hole to retain water.