New Tree Planting
This New Tree Planting Web site from the International Society of Arboriculture provides guidance on the proper way to establish a new tree. It includes a helpful diagram as well as links to other tree-maintenance pages.
Clever Gardening Technique
Save Work When Planting Trees
Tree-planting recommendations often include digging a hole about three or more times as wide as the rootball. This can be a lot of backbreaking work, especially with larger plants. One option to save the back is to dig a modestly sized hole, set the tree at the proper depth and then use a spading fork to loosen the surrounding soil. Push the fork down into the soil a few inches away from the hole and pull back on the handle to break the soil loose toward the hole. Then continue to do this all the way around the tree and out from the planting hole for a foot or two. Then water the area well to settle the soil. This will loosen the soil and create a great environment for the tree's expanding root system, while saving you some serious back work.