MADISON (WKOW) -- If you want to plant a tree that will last a lifetime, take some tips from Melinda Myers.
Make sure the root flare, the place where roots flare away from the trunk, is at or slightly above the soil surface.
Dig the planting hole the same depth as the distance between the root flare and bottom of the root ball. Digging deeper can result in the soil settling and creating a water collecting depression around your tree.
Roughen the sides of the planting hole to avoid glazed soil that can prevent roots from growing into the surrounding soil.
Water thoroughly at planting and whenever the top 4-6" inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Spread a 2-3" layer of wood chips over the surrounding soil. And pull the mulch away from the trunk of the tree to prevent rot and disease.
Wait a year to fertilize the newly planted tree.
Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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