STEP ONE: GATHER NEEDED ITEMS Before you begin, be sure to read the complete directions and gather needed items. Some items you will need include a shovel, a metal rake, scissors, planting soil, mulch, water, etc.
STEP TWO: DIG THE HOLE Using a suitable shovel, dig a circular hole that is three times the width of the container. Dig the hole the depth of the container, then add back in 1/2 inch of loose dirt. Use your shovel or other tool to loosen the dirt all around the sides of the hole. This will help the roots penetrate into the ground.
STEP THREE: REMOVE THE TREE FROM THE CONTAINER Handle with care! Carefully remove the tree from the container while keeping the container soil around the roots of the tree. For small trees, turn the container upside down and squeeze the bottom of the container. For larger trees, lay the tree on the ground and remove the container by pulling or cutting the container. Hitting the sides of the container with your hand will help loosen the tree from the container.
STEP FOUR: PLACE THE TREE IN THE HOLE Gently place the tree in the center of the hole keeping the container soil around the roots. The soil level of the container should be about ½ inch higher than the ground level. Do not bury too deep and do not leave any roots exposed above ground.
STEP FIVE: FILL IN THE HOLE Using planting soil and the dirt you dug from the hole, backfill the hole around the container soil. Use a 50/50 mixture of planting soil and dirt. Lightly compact the soil and dirt to keep the tree stable. When hole is ½ filled, thoroughly water the new planted tree. Allow the water to drain and the soil to settle, then add more soil and dirt until the hole is complete filled. Thoroughly water the tree again, allow the water to drain and the soil to settle. Add more dirt and soil if needed. Remove excess dirt and use a rake to level out the ground around the tree.
STEP SIX: MULCH AND WATER Cover the planting hole with mulch about 2 inches thick. Do not let the mulch come within 2 inches of the trunk of the tree. Thoroughly water the planting hole again and water every three days for the first 2 weeks.
STEP SEVEN: WATER AND FERTILIZER For the first year, your tree needs a good rain about once a week. If it doesn’t get enough rain, thoroughly water your tree once a week. During the second year, you can add fertilizer (10-10-10) around the tree to increase the growth rate. Do not add fertilizer the first year while the tree is getting established.