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Steps to plant a tree
Planting a tree isn’t as simple as just digging a hole and throwing the tree in it. You can grow a transplant tree or you can grow a tree from a seed, but both ways the tree needs special care. If you want the tree you’re planting to survive and thrive, see step 1 to get started.
Select the right time of year for planting the tree. If you plant your tree at the wrong time of year it’s going to be less likely to survive and grow. Do not plant in late spring or summer because the heat will stress the plant and may cause it to die. Of course, all this depends on the type of plant, because different plants have different needs.
In general, July – September are the best times to plant in Northern India, because the rains and humidity helps plants to grow and get accustomed to its new abode.
Prepare the hole. Take a suitable shovel and dig a hole that is 4-5 times the width of the root ball, more than enough so it will fit, and give room for the fresh roots to grow without stress. This lets the roots ease in more easily and begin to grow outwards into the soil. No need to cut off the wire root basket if there is one, the roots will grow through and it will prevent damage to the root ball during planting.
Try to dig the hole with a small “pedestal” of dirt in the center of the hole where the tree will rest. The hole should be a little deeper around the edges but there should be a pedestal of dirt in the center where the root ball sits. This pedestal prevents the root ball from sitting continuously in water. Any excess water will naturally flow to the deeper areas of the hole around the edges where the roots can drink from if needed.
Having a pedestal in the center of the hole is very important since one of the major reasons why trees die is “drowning,” meaning the tree is getting too much water and the root ball is sitting in a pool of water. The point where the tree comes out of the ground should be slightly higher than the ground around it. Slightly higher means 1/4 to 1/2 inch. This prevents water from collecting next to the base of the trunk which causes the tree to rot.
Use the garden cultivator to loosen the dirt all around the hole to make it easier for the roots to spread.
Prepare the tree for planting. You need to do this to make sure that you’re planting your tree properly and so that it will survive. The process is slightly different for a small tree and a large tree.
If it is a small tree, then you can turn it upside down gently to get it out of the pot. You could also cut some plastic containers to remove them.
If the tree is larger and has a net or a hessian or rope bag, you might need to use large scissors or a sharp knife to cut through the packaging. Avoid handling the tree with the burlap off. Put it in the hole, then cut the burlap and rope from around the trunk of the tree, leaving the wire basket. The goal is to keep as much dirt around the roots as possible; moving the tree more than absolutely necessary can easily cause air to get to the roots and dry them out, even inside the root ball.
Use some compost or composted manure if needed. If the soil that you currently have is not rich, has clay-like qualities or has the consistency of dust or sand, the addition of manure or compost will give the tree a great start in life. Resist the temptation to use a commercial fertilizer; it tends to over-boost the tree and make it “burn out”, which means it is less likely to do well over the long term.
Water the newly planted tree. Allow settling, back fill the remaining soil, and water again. This will eliminate air pockets. Water one gallon (3.7 liters) for every six inches (15 cm) of tree height.
After the planting is finished come back in about an hour and water one more time.
Stake the tree if necessary, for about the first year. Make sure that whatever stakes you use are tied loosely to the trunk and do not dig into the bark or tighten around the tree. Remove the stakes once the roots have a chance to become established, after about the first year. Staking protects the tree against blowing over in the wind, and it can also help to remind people moving around the tree not to run into it.
Enjoy the tree as it grows over the years. Appreciate its shade and beauty and thank yourself for adding another tree to the world You won’t regret it and as long as you properly care for it, the tree can grow a long time!