Some people want to find the perfect soil to plant their trees, but it is not that easy. If you want fertile soil to help you nourish your trees, then you will have to prepare it. Don’t worry, we are here to guide you. In this blog, we will show you how to prepare the best soil for planting trees.
Growing trees is possible as long as you give them the right care and attention. It should also be understood that tree cultivation requires commitment, as well as close monitoring of pests and good soil preparation. We know that there are many things to consider before preparing the soil, that is why we want to help you during this process.
Ideally, you should choose a sunny location with fertile, well-drained soil so that your trees are not exposed to frost. We know this sounds complicated, but you don’t have to worry. We will help you with all the details, our team created to make everything easier for you.
Follow These Steps and Learn How to Prepare the Best Soil for Planting Trees
Preparing a native soil for proper planting is an important task if you want your trees to grow green and healthy. The soil must be very well prepared so that the roots of the trees can be planted or resettled quickly and easily. It is also necessary to eliminate all harmful substances and insects that can harm the soil.
These are the steps you must follow if you want to learn how to prepare the best soil for planting trees:
- Improve soil consistency and drainage
- Test the nutrients and pH of the soil
- You must fertilize the soil
When preparing the soil to plant trees, mechanically or manually, we can take advantage of adding nutrients, such as organic matter or composting, in order to improve the characteristics of the soil. Remember that there are several kinds of soil. Some are rich in clay, others in sand, and others very rich in nutrients.
Improve Soil Consistency and Drainage
First, you should check the drainage of the soil. Take out your shovel and make a hole in the area where you plan to plant. You only need to dig a hole about 30 cm (1 foot) deep. Then fill the hole with water, which should drain in 3 to 4 hours. At this point, you should refill the hole with water.
If the hole doesn’t drain in 3 to 4 hours during the first and second fill of water, the soil most likely won’t drain well enough to support a fruit tree or shrub. On the other hand, if the hole drains completely in less than 3 hours, the soil may be very sandy.
Test the Nutrients and PH of the Soil
Buy a soil testing kit. These kits are available at many hardware stores, building supply stores, or even some retailers like Walmart. Test the soil in the fall or early spring. Technically, it is possible to test the land whenever you want, but you need to choose the right moment. We recommend testing in the fall or early spring, as this will give you time to make adjustments to the soil before planting.
You must make sure that the soil is dry when testing it. Moisture in samples can cause test results to be erroneous. If you live in an area where the growing season does not start in spring and end in fall, then take the test either at the beginning or at the end of the growing season.
It is essential to make sure that the instruments are well washed. Rinse the soap thoroughly, so that you don’t get the wrong reading in the end.You also need to control the root growth.
You Must Fertilize the Soil
This is one of the essential steps in this guide. You must reduce the acidity of the existing soil if necessary. Acidic soil can take a long time to balance. To do this, mix limestone (or gardening preparations that include limestone) with the ground. Add it in the fall every year, for several years, and you will notice an improvement.
Never add fertilizer or compost directly into the hole where you are going to plant a young tree. Fertilizer should be applied evenly to the surface of the soil. If you apply the fertilizer over the hole where you are going to plant a tree, then you will overload the tree’s root system. You can apply fertilizer over newly planted trees.
We invite you to read one of our other blogs so you can learn the best tree care tips. Squirrels Tree Service is here to help you with anything you need. Contact us if you have any questions, we have the experience to guide you.