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Tree Planting Materials and Tools

Tree Planting Materials and Tools

To plant trees there are some tools and materials you need. The tree planting tools and materials you will need are a shovel, or something else to dig with, some soil amendments, mulching materials, something to “water the tree in”.

If you have a very large tree to plant, you might want to consider some nylon tie down straps, and some means of moving the tree like a dolly. If you live in a windy area, it might be a good idea to stake the tree to keep it from leaning. This will require stakes long enough and sturdy enough to be driven into the ground, and rope, wire, or cable for tying off. If you choose wire or cable, find something like a section of disused water hose to to protect the tree from the wire or cable. You can cut it to the proper length, and slide it over the tie. Another option is pipe insulation.

You might add to this list , root stimulator. Root stimulator is a fertilizer and nutrient mix that sometimes contains indole butyric acid, a rooting hormone that increases root production. Both those mixes that contain IBA, and those that don’t, seem to offer some help in establishing newly planted trees, and in our experience, they are worth the money spent. Various studies have shown mixed results, so it is up to you.

Assemble all the tools and materials you need, including the trees, as near as possible to the marked planting site. For details on choosing the right site, see: Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

For details on planting the trees, see: Tree Planting | Planting Trees

Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

Planting Trees Tree Planting Information Preparation

Planting Trees

If you are thinking of planting a tree, or several trees, there are a few things that can make the job easier, safer, and provide better results throughout the life of the trees.

Planting trees using the right tree

Start with the right type of tree for your area, climate, soil type, and existing
conditions. This should be a native tree, that is a tree that grows naturally in
your area. These are better for many reasons, including insect and fungus
resistance, moisture level tolerance, and soil adaptation.

Planting trees in the right place

The trees full grown size should be considered before you ever dig the hole. You do not want to plant a tree that has a mature height of 40 feet in an area where you only have 20 feet of clearance.

Another common mistake is planting trees which expand the canopy outward 40 feet, 10 feet apart. Do not plant a tree with invasive roots next to a concrete slab or drive, it will eventually crack the drive. Don’t plant a tree that likes moist conditions in an area that is arid, or a tree that prefers arid conditions in a swamp. The results will be less than satisfying.

Safety in tree placement

After you make a basic placement plan, the first tool you should use for planting trees is your phone. Call up the local utilities and they will get someone to mark lines in your area. Digging into an underground gas line, electric line, or communications cable could ruin your day, or even kill you, then who would water the tree?

Don’t just think about what is in the ground, think about what is above the ground. Power lines in the vicinity could end your tree planting career if the
tree you are planting happened to touch one on the way to the hole.

Now you know what kind of tree you need, the best place to plant it for your own safety and the future growth of the tree. Pick out and purchase your tree, and materials for tree planting.

Tree Planting Materials and Tools

Planting trees can provide shade and beauty for many years.