• Steps:

    1. Use a small sledgehammer to tap a rebar or wood stake into the ground to indicate the center of the tree hole.
    2. Extend a tape measure out from the stake equal to the radius of the tree hole.
    3. Hold a can of line-marking spray paint near the end of the tape measure, then walk around the stake while spraying a circle onto the ground.
    4. Use a pointed spade to cut along the spray-painted circle, slicing through grass and roots.
    5. Bring in a track excavator to dig the tree hole.
    6. Have a hydraulic tree spade set the tree into the hole.
    7. Shovel dirt into the hole all around the tree spade.
    8. Use a garden hose to fill the hole with water, then slowly retract the tree spade.
    9. Cut the twine wrapped around the tree branches.
    10. Rake the soil smooth around the tree, creating a small berm along the low end, if necessary, to contain water.
    11. Sprinkle some granular root stimulant onto the soil around the tree, then rake it in and thoroughly soak the area with water.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      all of the hard work is done by machine
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      • sledge hammer
        Small sledgehammer and rebar or wood stake, used to mark center of tree hole
      • 100-foot tape measure
        Tape measure, for determining hole size
      • track excavator
        Track excavator, used to dig tree hole
      • hydraulic tree spade
        Hydraulic tree spade, used to place tree into hole
      • trenching spade
        Pointed spade, for cutting roots and moving dirt
      • pocket knife
        Knife, used to cut twine from trussed branches

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      Mature tree

      Line-marking spray paint, used to mark tree-hole diameter onto ground

      Granular root stimulant, used to promote root growth