Application - How To Plant A Tree

#1 - Measuring, marking and digging
Plan your planting hole to be twice the diameter of the tree's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the roots are just below the surface. Suggestion: Mark the circled area with flour. Here a Groundbreaker 36-inch PlanterŪ uses its mattock end to clearly define the planting area and to start digging out and removing the earth.
#2 - Loosening compacted soil
As you start to dig deeper and reach compacted soil, simply reverse the Planter's tool head and bring the opposite pick end into play to easily loosen the stubborn earth.
#3 - Clearing planting hole
Once the compacted soil is loosened the mattock end of the Planter again takes over to clears the hole.
#4 - Planting tree
Before planting, make sure the wrapping around the root ball of the tree has been loosened or removed - burlap wrapping can be retained as it will eventually deteriorate. To give your tree a good start, provide a generous helping of peat moss at the bottom and around the hole.
#5 - Rough Grading
With the tree in place its time to rough grade the soil. Here a 36-inch Trencher- Cultivator with its end tines, helps to break up remaining grass clumps and weeds. This is a good time to give the tree roots a good watering before the final grading.
#6 - Final Grading
In this final grading sequence Groundbreakers show their versatility with him hoisting a full-size Trencher-Cultivator, while she easily spreads the soil with a lightweight, long handled Handy Mattock Tiller.
#7 - Final Grooming
After watering, applying top soil or mulch adds to the final, sharp appearance of the finished bed. A long handle Handy Mattock Tiller and a short handled 16-inch Mini-Tiller, (ideal for small space gardening), makes short work of this final touch-up.
#8 - Happy (?) Groundbreakers!
With deep apologies to artist Grant Wood
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