Step 1

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.

Step 2

Materials needed:

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

Step 3

Water Tree Well Before Planting

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

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 4

Dig Hole Twice Size of Tree Container

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover

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.

Step 5

Use Bamboo Cane to Check Root Ball for Level

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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.

Step 6

Tease Out Tree Roots Once removed from Container

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

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mix the excavated soil with well-rotted manure.

Remove the tree from its container, and gently tease out the outer roots. Water the hole well, and then place the tree back into it. Gradually replace the soil, watering as you go.

Step 7

Drive Support Stake in Ground Next to Tree

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

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Stake the tree.

Drive a wooden stake into the ground next to the tree. Keep the stake at an angle of 45 degrees. Position it on the side of the tree that faces the prevailing wind, ensuring that it doesn't damage the roots. Attach it using a tree tie.

Step 8

Add Compost Around Base of Newly Planted Tree

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

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mulch around the tree's base.

Use well-rotted manure or a good quality garden compost; this helps to suppress weeds and to retain moisture. Keep the mulch away from the trunk to prevent it from rotting.

Step 9

Young Trees Need Water Every day

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

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Give the tree a good soaking.

Young trees will need watering almost every day for their first few months, especially during spring and summer, until they are fully established in the ground.