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Trees add height and color to a garden and look stunning planted in a beautifully mown lawn and underplanted with bulbs. Choose trees that provide more than one period of interest in the year, such as blossoms in spring, berries in late summer, foliage with fall color, and attractive bark for winter.
watering can or gardening hose
large gardening shovel
well-rotted manure or garden compost
Give the tree a good watering prior to planting. Those in containers are available to buy all year round, but some trees can be bought bare root and should be planted during fall and winter.
Dig a hole at least twice the circumference of the tree's container. Be careful not to dig deeper than the depth of the root ball. Don't loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole however, because this could cause the tree to sink after planting.
Use a bamboo cane to ensure that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding ground. Adjust the depth accordingly; if the hole is too deep, replace some of the soil.
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