In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook brings a bit of green to the concrete jungle.
- Use pointed shovel to dig out old, dying tree. Shovel dirt onto plastic tarp.
- Set new tree into hole and stretch a string across hole to determine planting depth. Be sure root flare isn't buried below ground.
- Gently tug on roots to ensure they're not twisted together or bound around the root ball.
- Be certain the tree is perfectly straight, then backfill around the root ball with soil. Use your hands to pack soil into air pockets.
- As you continue to shovel dirt around the tree, fill the planting hole with water from a garden hose to compact the soil.
- Drive two 2x2 stakes into the ground and then secure the tree with two straps.
- Spread 3 inches of licorice-root mulch around the tree, but don't pile any mulch against the trunk.
- Water tree twice a week for two weeks and then once a week until ground freezes. Water with garden hose, slow-drip irrigation bag, or 5-gallon bucket with drip holes drilled around base.