Step 2: Amend the Soil

man pours fertilizer into the backfill of a hole
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Pour a 3-4-3 starter fertilizer into the backfill and blend it in. Do not overfertilize; use only the amount listed on the bag for your root-ball size.
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    Tools List

    • pointed shovel
      Shovel
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • wire cable snips
      Wire cutters, to remove basket on root ball
    • hand cultivator
      Cultivator, to loosen root ball

    Shopping List

    1. Small tree
    2. 3-4-3 Starter fertilizer to amend the soil
    3. Bark mulch
    4. Treegator water bag, available at treegator.com