Answer: Modern tree planting practice recommends that you plant into unimproved soil. Dig a planting hole that is at least three or more times wider than the container, and to the same depth as the root ball. Loosen the soil below and around the hole. Set the tree at the same depth as it grew before and refill the hole with the soil, firming it as you go. Then water thoroughly to settle any air pockets. Mulch over the root area with several inches of organic mulch spread out in a flat layer. Do not allow it to touch the bark or trunk of the tree. Now water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist (damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out) through this summer and fall. The most important thing you can do for a new tree is to water corectly.
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