Photo by Shari AltmanNational Arbor Day is Friday, April 30. Many folks celebrate by planting trees. But did you know that there are different ways to plant a tree based on how the roots are packaged? Today, I'm sharing some easy tips to help you properly plant those Arbor Day trees.
Before you choose a tree, take into consideration where you want to plant the tree. Then select a tree that works well in that location. Don't forget to keep in mind your plant hardiness zone, exposure, and the mature height and shape of the tree.
You can buy trees that come bare root, balled and burlapped, or in containers. Each of these preparations has distinct planting methods.
For bare root trees:
For ball and burlap trees:
For trees in containers:
A general rule for digging holes is that the hole should be twice as wide as the root ball and no deeper than the height of the root ball.
To stake or not to stake:
Generally, trees are better off if you don't stake them. In fact, trees need to sway in the wind in order to build a strong trunk.
The Arbor Day Foundation website features excellent tree-planting videos that correspond to each planting method above. Also, this tree and shrub planting fact sheet from The University of Massachusetts is worth a look.
Will you be planting a tree on Arbor Day? What kind?