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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Planting trees

Planting trees

We’ve finally started putting our fruit trees in the ground.  Here’s the basics. 

1.  Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of the tree

2.  Break up the ground at the bottom of the hole

3.  Fill the hole with compost or rich soil

4.  Place tree in hole.  Make sure the base of the tree is right at the finished ground level.  Too deep or too shallow will kill the tree.

5.  Fill around tree with more compost or rich soil.  Don’t just use dirt.  The tree needs as much nutrition as possible if it’s going to get established

6.  Mulch the top of the hole, and form a donut shape of soil / mulch around the base of the tree.  This basin will catch water and send it towards the roots.

7.  Stake the tree to keep it from tipping over in wind or under heavy snow 

8.  Water the tree at a steady drip for 30 - 60 minutes every day.

9.  Marvel at the following diagram.

 tree diagram

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