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Planting Instructions

  1. Contact Alberta One Call to locate your power and gas lines. 1-800-242-3447/online
  2. Choose the location you want to plant in
  3. Decide on the best plant according to the location and environmental condition
  4. Dig and prepare your hole 
    Tree planting diagram
    • Wire basket: 12-18” wider than the diameter of the root ball. You should not need to dig any deeper than the basket unless in a high clay location
    • Pots: 1-2x wider than the diameter of the rootball.
    • You want the tree to be sitting on soil not clay, as clay does not allow water to drain away. In high clay areas, dig the hole a minimum of 6” deeper than the depth of the rootball.
    • If hole is deeper than the root ball, backfill the hole to the depth of the rootball with high quality topsoil and tap down (4).
  5. Prepare for planting
    • Pots: Remove pot. Make sure there are no circulating roots. Massage the roots to allow them to root in faster. (If there are a few circulating roots, cut into the root ball about an inch deep, in 5 different places. If it has lots of circulating roots cut one inch of roots off to allow the new roots to grow into the soil and not in a circle.)
    • b. Wire Baskets: Do not take basket off
  6. Place tree in hole ensuring that it is straight and level with finished grade.
    • If using MYKE, rub it into the roots.
  7. Finish backfilling the rest of hole with top soil or a good compost (6).
    • Wire basket: remove the string, bend down or remove the wire ears below the surface and remove the burlap from the top of the root ball.
  8. Water the tree in thoroughly, this will let the soil compact and the air bubble out. May need to top up soil after settling
  9. Add fertilizer if you did not use MYKE. Fertilize with a high middle number (Ex. 10-52-10).  Follow instructions on fertilizer for 2 years.
  10. Prune off any branches that may have been damaged during planting.
  11. Stake tree if in a windy location or to give additional support (11). Put stakes in undisturbed soil. Never allow the ties to cut off circulation or cut into tree bark. Do not stake a tree for more than 2 years.
  12. Mulch the tree to increase the water retaining capacity of the soil (12a). Use 2”-4” of mulch (12b), keep it 1”-2” away from tree flare (12c).
  13. If the tree becomes too wet, rake the mulch off the roots to allow them to dry out faster.

Never put fabric or other plants over the roots

Watering

There is no magic answer to how much to water a tree.

How often to water depends on weather conditions, location, size of plant, etc. To determine if a plant needs water, carefully probe close to the root ball and check the moisture level up to 12" down. Be aware that a plant that is too wet will wilt, similar to one that is too dry. When it is time to water, newly planted plants benefit from deep soaking.  Turn the hose on low, place it close to the base of the plant and allow water to soak into the root area over an extended period of time (5 to 20 minutes depending on size), then let the surface dry before watering again. This encourages deep root production.  It is important to water in plants well just prior to freeze up, even mature plants.

Things to Avoid

  • Do not leave your tree roots out in the sun.
  • Do not plant on top of the roots of the tree; this includes grass and flowers.
  • Do not put filter fabric over the roots.
  • Do not over water your tree, or let your tree sit in water.
  • Do not give your tree fertilizer after August 1st.

If you think something is wrong call us, email us or come in and see us. Take pictures of the problem so we can see what is going on.