How do I plant my trees and shrubs?

  • You should dig the hole one foot wider than the roots of the tree or bush.
  • Fill the hole with water and allow the earth to soak it up before placing the tree or shrub.
  • Lower the root ball into the hole. Remove synthetic wrappings or straps, but you can leave natural burlap or twine in place around the root ball since they will compost quickly.
  • Cut away any burlap around the trunk; if it sticks out above ground it will wick moisture away from the roots.
  • Fill the hole about halfway with soil and tamp it lightly with your foot to remove large air pockets. Make sure the tree or shrub is standing straight up, then water slowly to saturate the soil and remove any remaining air pockets.
  • Finish filling the hole with soil. Use any extra to build a temporary berm at the drip line (the place on the ground directly below the outer edges of the foliage). Cover the base of the tree or shrub with mulch, but keep at least six inches bare around the trunk.
  • Water new trees or shrubs at least once every week if it doesn’t rain. This way, the roots become well grounded. Using fertilizer is a good idea to keep the tree or shrub well fed. Using a time released one at the start of the season can save time and energy.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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