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The Right Way to Plant a Tree

Healthy roots and cultivating the surrounding soil are keys to success in planting a new tree.

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Photo 4 of 7Prepare the root ball for planting.

Loosen the Root Ball(4 of 7)

With the hole dug and the soil around the hole thoroughly cultivated, carefully remove the tree's root ball from its container, and using your hands, gently loosen any outside roots from the sides and bottom, taking care not to break or damage the root ball.

Next Photo: Place the Tree



  • Gabe Beeler
    Board-Certified Master Arborist
    Fallen Leaf Tree Service