There is no end to what a tree can do to a person. Trees provide all sorts of benefits to people from providing oxygen and cleaning the air all the way to increasing property value and reducing stress. To put it simply, trees provide economical, environmental, social and physical benefits to people. Trees are known to have very long lives and most of the time they outlive the people who had planted them. For this reason, trees are considered as lifetime investments and like every investment they grow depending on how you take care of them. If you want your trees to grow beautifully healthy and want to reap in all the benefits that trees can provide, it is important that you start by planting them right.
According to the International Society of Arboriculture, here are the right steps to planting a tree:
- Before you start digging, make sure that you locate or find all the underground utilities that you might damage.
- The area where the trunk expands at the base of the tree is called the trunk flare and you should identify it first before you plant the tree because this point should be partially visible after the tree has been planted.
- Dig a planting hole and make sure it is broad and shallow. You should also remember to make the hole 2-3 times wider than the root ball.
- Make sure to remove all the containers or cut away the wire basket.
- Always remember to dig the whole in the proper depth because if the hole is too deep, the roots may find difficulty in growing because of the lack of oxygen.
- Move to several directions to inspect the tree or have someone do it for you so that you can make sure that the tree is standing straight.
- To stabilize the root ball, pack soil around the base and then fill the other spaces with soil. Make sure to fill the hole gently but firmly.
- Studies have shown that staking the tree can help make the trunk grow stronger. Stake if necessary.
- Remember to mulch the base of the tree and provide follow-up tree care.
- In the case that the tree gets harmed or damage, tree surgery may be needed so don’t hesitate in calling tree services.