1. Using a spade, measure the height of the tree’s container to gauge how deep the hole should be; the base of the trunk should sit about one inch above the ground.
  2. Dig a hole that is three to four times the diameter of the tree’s container.  Slope the side like a shallow bowl.
  3. Carefully slide the tree from the container. Using a hori hori knife, scarify the roots. Not sure what it means to scarify the roots? Simply take the knife and gently score the roots.  Doing this allows new roots to develop from the scores which encourages a healthier root system as the tree grows.  If you skip this important step, your tree roots may continue to grow in a spiral fashion and possibly strangle itself.
  4. Place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil.  Pack the soil in tightly and water well. Add more soil until the hole is level with the ground and then top with mulch. 
  5. Voila! You have contributed to the wellness of earth and outdoor enjoyment for future generations.
  6. To keep your tree healthy, we’d love for you to use Dr. Connie’s Fruit and Shade Tree