What is Arbor Day?Arbor Day is a special holiday once a year in which individuals, communities, or businesses celebrate and engage in public tree-planting. As part of the Green Industry, it’s a great day to refocus on the environment and making homes, business properties, and cities more beautiful. Arbor Day always takes place in the springtime; this year, the holiday falls on Friday, April 27th.
How Do You Properly Plant a Container Tree?Scott Carlson, one of our Certified Arborists, works closely with the non-profit organization Trees Greenville, and they shared some tips and tricks on proper planting technique:
- Find the root flare (or region where the trunk meets the roots that spread out under the soil). Remove excess soil to expose the root flare.
- Dig a wide and shallow hole. Regarding width, create a level planting surface; the hole should be three times the width of the root ball. With depth, the root flare should be planted at or slightly above ground level.
- Prune off any circling roots by shaving 1 inch off the root ball. Correct and remove any roots circling around the trunk.
- Backfill with original soil to 2/3 full. In the top 1/3 section, mix in 10%-20% of soil amendment, topsoil, and organic material. Pour water around the root ball to settle the soil.
- Mulch wide, to the drip line if possible. Keep mulch away from the trunk. Mulch should be between two to four inches deep. Create a boundary to catch rainwater. Deconstruct the boundary after one year.
- Remove all tags and nursery stakes. Stake the tree if necessary. Use stakes and a flexible material like arbortie. Remove staking after one year.
- Water the tree at the time of planting. Water regularly for the first two years.