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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Planting a Japanese Maple Tree

We hit the jackpot yesterday - a local nursery was having a 50% off of all trees from 3-5 p.m. We bought another Japanese Maple - we love them and they are usually too expensive. We wanted to make sure that we planted it correctly so I delved into my Master Gardening course book to find exactly how to plant a "balled" tree. First you must get two strong men to dig a hole that is one foot wider than your ball and they dug it a foot deeper.

Next you fill the hole with one foot of great compost! Set the tree in the hole.

Cut off the burlap from around the roots.

The tree was fertilized around the roots with a new product which guarantees your tree to live for 5 years (I'm keeping the receipt)! Fill the rest of the hole with more good compost just up to the level on the trunk where the root ball begins.

There you have it, a brand new Japanese Crimson Queen Maple.


Heidi said...

Wow! What nice looking men you had. Very impressive! :) said...

that will be so pretty this fall when the leaves change!