Step 1: Dig a Trench

Digging a trench
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Measure the height and width of the largest root ball. Then use spray paint to mark out a trench that is two to three times wider and 2 inches shallower than the root ball. Make the trench long enough to space the trees so that they will touch when they reach their mature width—3 to 4 feet apart for these Emerald Greens. As you dig, transfer the soil with a spade shovel onto a tarp.
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