You probably have most of the tree planting tools you need in your garage or shed. Before we get into tools you may need, we suggest you protect yourself first.
Have a good pair of high dexterity gloves to handle your tree planting tools. Steel toe boots for digging, safety glasses, long pants, and knee pads are also helpful.
Here are the rest of tools you will need for digging and planting.
You will also note that we have a transplanting shovel in this list. These are special shovels with extra long blades that are handy at digging a deeper root ball. This is important when transplanting a tree. Ensuring you have as much root ball as possible will lead to more success for any transplant.
Have enough organic mulch on hand to have a two to three inch thick layer around the tree and about a foot or two wide for each tree. Mulch will help moderate the soil temperature, retain moisture, and deter weeds.
Although it is not recommended to use any fertilizers at planting time, some people still do. Ask your local nursery when you are purchasing the stock, as to their recommendations. Some varieties may be exceptions to this rule. If you do, soluble fertilizers are recommended.
Grab your tools...it's time to start digging!
Table of Contents: Transplanting Trees
Introduction: Transplanting Trees
E. Caring for Newly Planted Trees
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