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Planting a Tree Correctly

Planting A Tree Correctly

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Planting A Tree Correctly

Points to Remember:

Planting a Tree*Dig a hole 3 times wide but no deeper than the root ball of the tree

*Amend the hole if your soil is poor or you are planting a tree that requires a richer soil.

*Use the right amendment for the type of tree you are planting and mix it thoroughly with the top soil that came from the hole.

*Remove any excessive dirt from the top of the root ball to expose the top most roots

*Cut roots that are growing in a circular pattern around the root ball.

*Set tree with top most roots at ground level and root flare above ground level

*Back fill the hole with 1/3 soil then water to settle soil removing air pocket, repeat until hole is filled.

* For trees with a pH of 6.0 or higher, manure a 5-6 foot area around tree to build top sail.

*Mulch with appropriate mulch for the tree you are planting, making sure the mulch is away from the tree trunk. Stake the tree only if necessary. Remove stake 6 months after planting.

*Plant some veggies or flowers under the trees!

ADJUST YOUR SOIL PH

FRUIT TREE PH REQUIREMENT CHART

ACID SOIL

PH 4.5 to 5.5

NORMAL SOIL

PH 6.0-6.5

ALKALINE SOIL

PH 6.5-7.0

-Banana

-American Chestnut

-Black Walnut

-Blueberry

-Citrus Grafted Trifoliate

-Elderberry

-Loquat

-Pawpaw

-Banana

-American Chestnut

-Blackberry

-Boysenberry

-Citrus Grafted Trifoliate Large

-Elderberry

-Fig

-Goumi

-Jujuba

-Kiwi

-Loquat

-Mandarin Melon Berry

-Mulberry

-Mayhaw

-Muscadine Grape

-Nectarine

-Olive

-Pawpaw

-Peach

-Pear

-Pecan

-Persimmon

-Pineapple Guava

-Plum

-Pomegranate

-Apple

-Banana

-Citrus Own Root Lemon, Orange

-Fig

-Goumi

-Jujuba

-Kiwi

-Loquat

-Mandarin Melon Berry

-Mayhaw

-Mulberry

-Muscadine Grape

-Nectarine

-Olive

-Peach

-Pear

-Persimmon

-Pineapple Guava

-Plum

-Pomegranate

Soils vary in acidity. Technically, soil acidity is measured by pH. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. In terms of soils, a pH of 6.0 is neutral, a pH less than 6.0 is termed Acid, and pH of more than 6.0 is termed Alkaline. You may also have heard the terms Sweet for Alkaline soils and Sour for Acid soils. The growing range for most plants is 4.2 – 6.7.

Based on the soil test, soil pH may need to be adjusted. Generally pH is raised using agricultural lime and lowered with sulfur or iron sulfate. Adjust the soil in the known mature root zone area (see mature tree size chart). It’s a good idea to check you soil pH every couple of years and adjust accordingly

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