4 Things You Need To Know To Plant A New Tree

Choose the right spot More than the hole digging, more than the years of watering ahead, site selection is the single most important part of your tree planting story. Envisioning a beautiful blossomer smack dab in the middle of your hot and sweaty yard? Pick a tree that will luxuriate in that heat and not languish away. Similarly, if there’s a shady back corner of the garden you want to see lit up with fruits or flowers, choose something that can tolerate those conditions (magnolias can be great for part shade). (Short on space? Go with one of these best native flowering trees for a small yard.) Before you buy a tree do an honest site assessment of the space available in your garden— what quality real estate do you have to offer? Is the ground full of clay? Sandy and dry? Is it seasonally moist or wet, wet, wet? The more information you can ascertain before you plant the better off your tree will be. (Not sure what kind of soil you have? Try these ten easy soil tests.) Dig the perfect hole Almost...

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