Well, it's Arbor everyday, folks, and we're getting ready to plants and trees here. This is something we all can take a look at our own yard, think. Is there room for one more tree in my yard? If you decided that's the case, then we're going to go over the basic techniques and planting a potted tree. So first of all, you want to get something that you feel is hearty and appropriate for your landscape. You can talk to your nursery professional about the plant selections they have and how that might work with current landscape. Once you get the tree home, there's a couple main steps we want to look at.
First of all, we want to make sure that we dig a hole. There's probably two to three times as wide as the pot. Then we want to make sure that we don't plant the tree too deep. So using a measuring tape or your shovel or something, something to kind of figure out how deep you need to make the hole. So we dig a hole, make sure it's not too deep. We remove the pot from the tree. Look for any roots that may be extra clean. The tree. So we don't want to get too carried away with removing roots, but we want to make sure that we don't leave anything that we call STEM girdling roots. So five, 10 years from now, you wonder why your tree is having a problem. You've seen those trees blow over a backyard farmer. And many times that was the culprit.
There was a stem girdling root. So we want to cut those away, make sure that we get to the root flair of the tree so we'll make sure that we don't plant it too deep. Occasionally there might be an inch or two. There's too much soil on top of the root ball. So we want to peel that away, get that tree plant at the right height, watered and well and then add a couple inches of mulch. Make sure we're not piling mulch around the base of the trunk of the tree. If your soil is unusually hard, if you have a lot of high clay soil or that very difficult digging, you know, kind of depending on who you talk to, you can add some some top soil or some compost to the tree. We're going to want to incorporate that to the soil that we took out so that we have a nice mix in there. And as we do, we want to loosely pack the soil around the bowl of the tree. We don't want to stomp around the outside of it or pack it in with a shovel or something like that. So we want to loosely get it in there, use our hands, maybe the blade, the shovel to make sure we get it all the way down, watered and well, you may add, the need to has more soil after it's been watered as well. So that way we have the right amount of soil in the hole. We don't have any roots that will have a tendency to dry out. And then moving forward, keep an eye on it. Use a screwdriver test to make sure that the soil is boys, but not so wet that we end up with some root rod or some pathogen problems moving forward and kind of continue to monitor that as we go through the season, as we get into late summer. Obviously, depending on the heat and how dry it is, you may have to pick up watering again. And then as we get into the fall in the winter, it's always a good idea. These newly planted trees to kind of keep an eye through the winter going into next spring, especially if we have a drier winter than we've had this past year. You may need to supplement the tree with some watering as we move forward.