Let’s be honest, do you follow the recommended guidelines when planting? In reality,the  majority just  dig a hole in a hurry, then plop in the tree and fill it with dirt/soil No wonder so many trees don't thrive.  

 

We encourage you  to take the time and  plant  the right way and follow all the steps as outlined by experts.  You need to inspect how that tree has been packaged; in a container with a bare or burlapped with soil and root-ball. The condition of roots and how it is packaged is very important since it will determine how the planting should be done.

Keep bare-root plant moist

 

Ensure the bare-root plant has moisture before purchasing it from the supplier. Once you purchase it, don’t allow its roots to dry out. The roots may look dead but they are just dormant,  They are still living and need water for survival. Also don’t expose them directly to the sunlight. Ensure you transport in a pot or a plastic bag which is packed with moist straw or even shredded newspaper.  Be sure to inspect the packing material carefully, if its dry then so are the roots but if it’s moist the roots are also moist. In the case the roots are dry; you must soak them in a bucket of water for several hours  to rehydrate them before planting. Adding a little bit of vitamin B1 might also be a good idea to help with transplant stress.

Prune the roots prior planting

 

You must inspect the roots carefully and prune all in-turned or damaged roots prior planting. Ensure you make clean cuts by using cleansharp pruning shears.  Torn roots increase the likelihood of disease, . Prune all roots that grow towards the center of the plant since they  restrict growth over time.

 

Dig a proper hole

 

Dig a wide hole so that every root can take its natural position. The hole should be deep enough so that the crown and root flare can occur at the soil line.  Planting too deep or too high normally stresses the plant as well as threaten its long-term health.  Don’t forget to break any soil clod to remove large air pockets that normally hinders the natural root growth.  Additionally, backfill the hole (halfway) then, water it gently  to settle the soil inside the hole. Note: You should not tamp down the soil using your foot since you may break some roots.  Then, finish backfilling the hole, now is a good time to amend the soil with any organic fertallizers or compost and make a soil berm several inches high around the tree  to keep the soil around roots saturated when watering.

As a farmer or gardener it is important to take the time and apply proper practises to ensure long term plant viability, health and good future yields.

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