Here is a timeline of the planting of this 25 foot, 80 mil Kwanzan cherry by our crews this week. As you can see there are many steps in planting a tree of this size, taking care that no damage occurs during transport and that it is planted at proper depth with adequate soil.
We cover the trunk in landscape fabric to protect against accidental scrapes and secure with shrink wrap.
Adding 1x2 wood strapping secured again with shrink wrap further protects against knocks from the excavator or bobcat. When investing in a tree of this size you want to make sure its not marred with scrapes or missing bark from equipment damage.
Load the tree with a bobcat
Wrap the crown of the tree if possible to further protect against damage during transport
Mark out your planting site being sure to locate any underground utilities before digging.
We place plywood on the lawn to protect against damage by the excavator.
Excavate hole roughly twice the height and width of the root ball on the tree.
Lift the tree into the planting site carefully with the excavator.
Add some soil to steady the tree in place and straighten from both directions, taking care to place the best side of the tree facing where being viewed the most.
Start removing the wrappings.
Remove as much of the burlap and wire basket as possible. There are varying opinions on this. We have always had the best success with placing the tree in the hole and then removing the burlap and wire basket with box and wire cutters. You wont be able to get all the wire basket and burlap out , but this is ok. It is very important that the root ball stay intact. If you remove the wire/basket before its placed in the hole you run the risk of it falling apart while lowering in.
Add a good quality soil, fertilizer and lime.
Add irrigation head to system if one exists. Otherwise advise homeowners of proper watering schedule.
Finally add mulch and stake the tree, DONE!