It is said that every person should plant at least one tree in their lives. In some parts of the world, it is customary for parents to plant a tree for the birth of every child, so that they grow together and symbolize each other’s lives. Sentimentalism aside, we should all plant at least one tree in order to do our part for the world we live in; it is a mere ecological decision, and something to concern us all. Nevertheless, whatever your reasons may be for planting a tree, you should begin by learning the right steps in order to ensure the tree will survive and thrive. You will discover that watching your tree grow is one of the most satisfying rewards.
Pick a Tree and a Time
When you choose a tree to plant, you have to consider where you want to plant it and for what reasons. Read about how it grows, what type of soil it needs, how it is tended and so on. Next, choose the appropriate time for planting; most trees are better off planted during spring, in months like May or April, because this allows them an entire summer to get accustomed with the new environment. Otherwise, you can also try the warmer autumn months, September and October. However, some types of trees have specfic requirements for time of planting, so make sure you learn all there is to know. Finally, it is always easier to plant saplings that have sprouted roots, which you can find in any gardening store. The other option is for experimented gardeners, who can afford the time to go through the full process.
Prepare for Digging
Where you plant your tree is also an important decision. You have to find out whether your type of three thrives near other plants and trees, or whether it needs more space; its final size in maturity should also be considered, because you don’t want your trees too close to each other – this will encumber a full growth. Furthermore, you should make sure you are not planting near water or gas pipes, or near other underground cables.
Once you’ve picked your tree and your spot, it’s time to start digging the hole. It should be as wide as possible, even four or five times wider than the size of the root ball; the depth however should be about the size of the root ball. These measurements ensure the soil will be permissive enough to allow the roots to grow in all directions, while avoiding the settling of the tree. The next step is to take the tree gently and place it inside the hole; with your shovel or some other tool, fill the hole around the roots, carefully tapping the soil so it won’t be too puffy. Make sure the tree is facing the direction you want it to, and create a small mound around the tree to ensure a good flow of water.
Ensure Good Tree Growth
Now that your tree is in place, you only have to make sure it will grow straight and tall; especially if in an exposed area, it is a good idea to secure it by tying it to a stake; find one about the size of the tree, and drive it though the ground, a few inches from the tree’s trunk; don’t shove it too deep, so you don’t ruin the roots. Next, you can use any type of cloth or string to tie them together, just make sure you don’t do it too tightly.
The final step is to water your newly planted tree. Use a watering can or a hose without pression, and pour water all around the trunk; in order to calculate the right quantity, remember that every six-seven inches of tree height require about one gallon of water. From this moment, you will have to water the tree daily for the next few weeks, after which you can reduce the number.