Step 8: Set up drip-irrigation bags

setting up drip irrigation bags
Photo: Brian Wilder
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Spread 3 inches of bark mulch over the exposed dirt around the tree, but keep it away from the tree's trunk. Mulch can trap moisture and promote rot.

Loosely tie two drip-irrigation bags to the tree. Fill each with water.

Refill the irrigation bags each day, or as necessary, for six to eight weeks to give the root system enough time to become established.

Tip: If you don't use drip-irrigation bags, be sure to water the tree every day for at least six weeks.
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    Tools List

    • pointed shovel
      Pointed shovel
    • pickax
      Pickax
    • bolt cutter
      Bolt cutters,
      to cut wire basket on root ball
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • bypass pruners
      Bypass pruners,
      to trim broken branches
    • tarp
      Plastic tarp,
      to hold dirt shoveled from hole
    • strapping
      Strapping
    • paint sprayer
      Spray paint,
      to mark the hole outline
    • utility knife
      Utility knife,
      to cut away the burlap
    • hand cultivator
      Cultivator,
      to loosen the root ball

    Shopping List

    1. TREE

    2. 3-4-3 FERTILIZER

    3. SUPERPHOSPHATE

    4. PLASTIC TARP

    to hold dirt shoveled from hole



    5. STRING

    6. WOOD STAKE

    to tie off string



    7. DRIP-IRRIGATION BAGS

    8. SPRAY PAINT

    to mark the hole outline