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How to Plant Trees in a Lawn (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to properly choose and plant trees in your outdoor space with these step-by-step gardening tips.

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Trees Add Height and Color to Garden

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.

Materials needed:

tree sapling
watering can or gardening hose
large gardening shovel
bamboo cane
well-rotted manure or garden compost
wooden Stake
Ttee tie

Water the tree prior to planting.

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.

Water Tree Well Before Planting

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig an appropriately sized hole.

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.

Dig Hole Twice Size of Tree Container

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place the tree into the hole.

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.

Use Bamboo Cane to Check Root Ball for Level

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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