During this time of year we are pulled in multiple different directions with all that we need to accomplish on our sports fields, landscape beds and common areas. Not to add more to our every growing responsibilities, but I want to give everyone a quick reminder the proper steps that are needed if you were planting trees this time of year.
Arbor Day is recognized nationally, but observation days differ depending on the best time to plant trees from state to state. In Kentucky our Arbor Day is the first Friday in April.
1. Choose a location where the tree will be able to grow to maturity. Make sure that you are aware of the final size of the tree, as well as how much light, space, and water the tree will require.
2. Dig a hole that is two to three times the diameter of the root ball. DO NOT DIG THE HOLE ANY DEEPER THAN THE TREE WAS PLANTED AT THE NURSERY.
3. Remove all packing material from around the root ball
4. Place the tree in the hole. TAKE CARE TO NOT HOLD THE TREE BY ITS TRUNK
5. Spread the roots out in the hole
6. Place topsoil around the roots until the hole in half full. Water thoroughly. (This is done to avoid air pockets around the roots) DO NOT ADD AMENDMENTS SUCH AS PEAT MOSS OR POTTING SOIL TO THE HOLE.
7. Fill the rest of the hole with topsoil and water thoroughly.
In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.
Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, Texas A&M University