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Ask IFAS: Planting and Establishing TreesFlorida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute
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Episode #3 | Original Air Date: March 4, 2020

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Planting a tree correctly can make a difference in how well it grows.

First, choose a site where your tree will thrive. Then dig a hole at least one-and-a-half times the diameter of the root ball and just deep enough that the top of the rootball is one to two inches above the surrounding soil.

Be sure the tree is straight, then add your backfill soil to stabilize it. Water the tree heavily after planting to remove large air pockets.

Apply mulch starting at the edge of the root ball and extending outwards, and water the root ball two to three times each week for the first year or as needed.

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