How to Plant a Tree or Shrub in Utah
Planting trees both beautifies your property and contributes to the health of the Earth's environment by adding to our leafy canopy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." Tree also provide cooling shade and offer shelter for wildlife.
Planting trees is in the nature and the name Arbor Day Nursery in Riverton, Utah. Here are some tips to get started. For specific tips for the variety of trees your including on your property, give us a call or stop by.
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball
- Dig the depth slightly deeper than the root ball to aerate beneath the tree or shrub
- Evergreen trees and shrubs should be slightly raised from the surrounding ground- so the depth is not as deep as the root ball
- Place the tree or shrub in the hole and position it as preferred
- Fill hole with water and time how long it takes to drain
- Length of time required to drain indicates how often you should water the spot (see blog on newly planted tree care)
- If the soil is clay, add a cup of gypsum to the hole around the root ball
- Fill hole partial full with soil; improved soil and organic material is recommended
- Fill with water
- Fill in the rest of the hole with soil
- Build a rim of dirt around tree to remain for 2 months
- Do not let the soil come up around the trunk of the tree- this can eventually kill the tree
- Water the tree again