Take the time to dig a proper size planting hole.
Step 4: Dig Planting Holes for Trees and Shrubs
The planting hole is the most important part! A wide planting hole encourages the roots to spread out and establish themselves faster.
- Dig Hole: Your planting hole should be slightly shallower than the root ball, but at least three times as wide. The roots should rest on solid ground to keep the plant from sinking, with the top of the root ball about an inch above the soil level.
- Enlarge Hole: If you’re ambitious, you can dig deeper around the edges, leaving a solid mound in the center of the hole for the root ball to rest on. If your soil is compacted, make sure to rough up the sides of the hole, so it doesn’t glaze over and act like a big clay container.