Step 3: Position the Tree

two men roll balled and burlapped tree into hole to plant it
Photo: Ryan Benyi
Gently roll the tree into the hole and set it upright. Rotate the tree until its best side faces the street (if it's in the front yard) or the house (if it's in the backyard).
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    Tools List

    • pointed 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