Planting a Tree

Several years ago THOSE neighbors moved in. We quickly realized we wanted instant privacy. We also quickly learned you can have it cheap, fast, or good (Pick any two). It’s so true, as rarely, if ever, do you get the luxury of getting all three at one time when ordering or requesting any product or service. If you have been able to accomplish this, I’d love to hear from you. The nursery was asking $200 per 12 foot evergreen, and we needed four. We looked for alternative options starting with the tree encyclopedia. We decided on Thuji green giant trees and found them on Amazon (what don’t they sell?).

Here are steps to consider if planting a tree

  • Plan ahead: seriously consider the eventual size the tree will become and how surrounding power lines, buildings, and existing trees may be affected.
  • Dig a hole. Strip away turf and dig a hole as deep as and two times wider than the root ball. Use the shovel handle to measure the height of the root ball.
  • Ready the tree: For container grown trees remove the pot, untangle the roots, and straighten any spiraling ones. For balled and burlap trees remove the wire cage (snip off the cage’s bottom before placing it in the hole) and cut away as much rope and burlap as possible.
  • Position the trees: set the trees so that the root flare (between the trunk and the root ball) is two inches above the existing soil
  • Fill the hole: backfill with the original soil (do not amend soil) and tamp in firmly
  • Add water: form a wall of soil above the root ball’s edge, creating a moat around the trunk, fill the area with water and let it drain fill it again
  • Apply mulch: spread two inch layer, leaving a two inch buffer around the trunk
  • Water the new tree one inch of water per week through its first season

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7 Responses to Planting a Tree

  1. Elisabet says:

    Nice job! I remember as a child all the homes in our neighborhood were open spaces, as the older generation sold their home new young families moved in. The first thing they did were fences tall ones and closed things up! Everyone put trees and shut them out they wanted to sue for trees hanging in their yard, fence, ect. Amazing how the human mind pictures territory! Great post, brought lots if memories.

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  2. I don’t think it ever would have occurred to me to plant trees for a privacy type fence. That’s awesome!


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  3. Yes, the same requirement of the fence here. One neighbor got away with a short section that’s 8 feet high in the far end of the back yard!

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