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Did you know today is #ArborDay? Try this great guide: How to Actually Plant a Tree

Did you know today is #ArborDay? Try this great guide: How to Actually Plant a Tree

It’s summertime, and it’s time to add some shade to your favorite outdoor hangout spot. But before you put your hands on a shovel, there are important tree planting strategies to consider. Don’t let all that money, time and effort nurturing a sapling go to waste with an improper installation. Get Digging To start, you’re going to need to dig a hole. But don’t go overboard—a tree does not need to be buried any deeper than its root ball (root ball = the clump of roots that accompany the tree in the nursery pot). If you plant a tree too deep, the trunk can become susceptible to disease and rot with prolonged soil moisture contact. Soil can also compact onto the root ball if the hole is dug too deep. However, to help the tree get established and promote proper outward and downward root growth, use your shovel to slope the walls around the hole. This helps water flow through th...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/07/06/how-to-plant-a-tree/

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