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A Guide to Planting Trees

by | Jul 20, 2023 | Gardening | 0 comments

  1. Dig a hole as deep as the tree root ball and twice as wide.
  2. Remove the plant from its container, holding it by the root ball and not the trunk. Set the root ball in the planting hole. The top of the root ball should be level or slightly higher than the surrounding soil. In heavy clay soil, raise the root ball 2 inches above ground for every 10 gallon container size.
  3. Mix 1 cup gypsum with every 5 gallons of soil removed from the hole. Return the soil as backfill up to the halfway mark of the hole. Spread time-release fertilizer for trees (Agriform pellets) around the tree roots. Add the remaining soil, filling the hole to ground level. Firmly settle the soil to eliminate air pockets.
  4. Build a water basin around the plant to allow for easy watering for the first year. Water thoroughly once a week using 5 gallons of water with 1/2  teaspoon of plant growth stimulant. 5 gallons of water are equivalent to 1 inch of rainfall, so adjust your watering to account for weather conditions and water from sprinklers.
  5. Apply a thick layer (4 feet deep and 2 feet wide) of shredded mulch over the soil area to conserve moisture, discourage weeds, and buffer root temperatures.
  6. Use a root stimulator (3 1/2 tablespoons per gallon of water) for the first 2 months. This will encourage faster rooting and lessen transplant shock.

Growing Tips for Trees & Shrubs


Each tree and shrub needs 1 to 15 gallons of water once a week. During drought periods or in very sandy soil, water every 5 days. During abnormally wet periods or in very heavy soil, water every 10 to 14 days.


Use Superthrive with every watering for the first 3 months after planting. Continue feedings once a month for the first year. Feed with Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Fertilizer after six months, beginning in February or October.


Watch for lesions or occasional leaf spots. Spray with suitable fungicide, if necessary. If you are unsure about a problem, bring a sample of the affected plant into Anawalt Lumber & Hardware and have one of our nursery professionals assist you.

Weeds & Grass

For the first year, pull or spray with glyphosate under the tree canopy to keep the mulch area clean.


Watch for holes in leaves or insects gathering at the ends of branches. Treat with an appropriate control measure.

We want to help your tree or shrub grow. If you see any unusual changes in the foliage or branches, please don’t hesitate to call us at Anawalt. Addressing small concerns in the beginning will insure a healthier plant in the future.