Four Tips For Successfully Planting A Young Tree

When you purchase a young tree and transplant it into your yard, you want to make sure it gets the best start possible so that it grows up tall and beautiful rather than withering away. With the tips below, you'll have a better chance of a successful tree planting.

Soak the roots first.

When trees are being transported, their roots tend to dry out. Remove the tree from any packing or transport material, and place it in a bucket of water that's deep enough to immerse the roots. Let it soak for about 2 or 3 hours – any longer than this may encourage rotting or mold. This way, your tree's roots will be moist and ready to start working when you plant it. Plant the tree immediately after removing it from the water.

Dig a wide hole.

Many homeowner dig a hole that's just as wide as the root ball before placing their tree in the ground. It's actually better to dig a hole that's wider – about twice the diameter of the root ball is ideal. This way, the roots will have an easier time pushing through the loose soil and establishing themselves. By the time they reach the firmer soil around the area you dug out, they will be larger and more prepared to push through that firm soil.

Apply mulch around the  base of the tree.

Young trees need plenty of water while they're getting established. Mulching around the tree helps keep water in the soil, so it does not dry out so much between waterings. Use a good quality wood mulch, and apply a 4 – 5 inch layer in a circle around the tree. The circle should stretch out at least as wide as the hole you dug to plant the tree. Just don't pile the mulch right up against the tree trunk, as this can lead to rotting.

Stake the tree if needed.

If your young tree does not stand up on its own, drive a stake into the ground next to it. Then, use several pieces of twine or thick string to tie the tree's trunk to the stake, holding it upright. Make sure you don't tie the string tightly around the tree. Leave a few inches of slack so that the trunk can easily thicken as the tree grows. Within a month or two, the tree should be able to stand on its own, so you can remove the stake and string. To learn more, visit a website like

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When my family realized that we were "outgrowing" our home, we decided to peruse the local homes for sale, but didn't find any suitable for our family. We didn't want to move too far, because our children were thriving in our local schools. We then decided that remodeling our current home was a much better option, but we weren't sure if we could still live our daily lives normally while the work was being performed. We also worried that our littlest ones would pester the workers or end up in hazardous situations. When the project started, we quickly learned that it would be much less chaotic than we expected. Our little ones loved watching the workers, and it turned out to be a great learning experience for us all! I decided to start a blog to help other families considering home improvement projects, so come back soon for tips!


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