How to Choose and Plant a Tree
To ensure a tree has a good future, choose a nice specimen with attractive foliage, undamaged bark, and a burlapped root ball
Q: I want to plant a tree in remembrance of my grandson. What can I do to make sure it survives? —Peggy Curvin, Imlay City, Mich.
A: Roger Cook replies: Planting a tree certainly is a wonderful way to remember a loved one. To make sure a new tree has a good future, choose a location at least 15 feet from the house and where there aren't any overhead utility lines.
A local nursery can help you identify the most suitable trees for your spot. Next, look for a nice specimen, one with attractive foliage, undamaged bark, and a burlapped root ball. (Container-grown trees may have stunted, pot-bound root systems, which makes them less resilient and harder to establish.)
Have the nursery deliver your tree as close to the planting site as is practical. Then follow these steps to give your living memorial its best chance to reach a healthy maturity.
To watch Roger plant the tree, go to Ask TOH | Tree, Basement Drain