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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.

Tree Planting | Planting Trees

Tree Planting | Planting Trees

Your tree planning project is well under way. The tree has been chosen, the site, free of obstructions has been chosen, the materials are in place, now what?

Start digging!

Dig the hole quite a bit wider than the root ball, but no deeper. This is to prevent settling. Remove the tree from the pot, if it is container grown. If the tree is really root bound, you may want to disturb the root ball a bit, by separating out some of the root a little or making a few slices. Don’t overdo it. Set the root ball in the hole very carefully, don’t strain your back, and watch out for that pesky limb that seems to want to slap you on the noggin.

Tree orientation

Turn the tree so that the less developed side of the tree faces southward. This will help that side of the tree to better develop. If there is a decided curve in the trunk, orient the tree in such a way as to expose the part that is leaning away to the southern sunlight. This will aid in straightening the tree naturally.

Mix some soil and some mulch material together, and fill in around the sides of the tree.

Plumbing the tree

No, I am not talking about adding pipes to your tree. Make sure the tree is setting straight, that is, “plumb” in the hole. You can do this by using a level, or a plumb bob, or by looking at the tree from a distance to see if it is sitting straight compared to surrounding structures. You may need to rock the tree a little bit in one direction, filling or tamping the soil on the opposite side to bring it in line.

Back fill with the mix and tamp it firmly in.

Stimulating the roots

If you are using root stimulator, ( We think they are beneficial) follow the label directions for it’s use, build a small berm around the tree with the remaining soil, tamp it down, and water it in. Make sure you don’t have any air pockets, fill in where needed.

Staking your tree

If your tree needs to be staked, to keep it from being blown over in the wind, put at least two stakes down, by driving them into the ground at opposite sides, and at an angle away from the tree. Don’t put much pressure on the tree when you tie it off. I usually use a short length of garden hose, slid over the rope or cable, as a buffer between the tree and the rope. One thing you need to remember, especially if the tree isn’t always in plain sight, is, not to leave the rope on the tree so long that it grows into, or as we say, “girdles” the tree.

Build a berm for water

Use the berm you built as a reservoir to water the tree as needed, and try to maintain the berm until the tree is established.

Trimming the tree

For the final step, trim off any undesirable limbs or branches, and particularly anything damaged during the hauling or planting process. If there was significant root damage during the planting process, and the tree has foliage, trim some of the foliage to make up for any loss of root mass.

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