Most tree roots grow outwards in the top 3 feet of soil (not as deep taproots).
Good planting holes help roots spread far beyond the trunk to seek water and nutrients.
Loosen soil 3 to 5 times as wide as the pot but only as deep as the pot.
Roughen the sides of the hole to allow root penetration.
Fill the hole with native soil. Do not amend with organic matter.
If rootbound, it may be necessary to make several vertical cuts through the rootball with a sharp knife.
Purchase Trees That Stand Without Stakes
- They won't need staking after transplant.
- Remove any stakes in the nursery pot before planting.
- Unstaked trees grow stronger because wood fibers strengthen as trunks move with the wind.