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Planting Trees

Planting a tree correctly can make a world of difference in how well it does in your landscape.

First, choose a site where your tree will thrive. Then dig a hole at least one-and-a-half times the diameter of the root ball and no deeper. Place the tree in it, ensuring that the roots in the top of the root ball are one to two inches above the surrounding soil.

As you replace the soil around the tree, pack it firmly with your foot to stabilize the tree. Water the tree heavily after planting to remove large air pockets.

Apply mulch starting at the edge of the root ball and extending outwards, and water the root ball two to three times each week for the first year.

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