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Planting a tree isn't hard. Its not difficult, a moral decision, or submission to the ruthless empire of Al Gore. Its something that's useful, pretty, and good for the planet.
 
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Step 1: Tree sources

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You don't need to go pay $50 for a tree at some ridiculous garden center. There's probably some you can get with five minutes and some understanding fellow human beings.

First, go out to your backyard. Find a tree that your cruel, heartless parent (lol) is about to pull and offer to replant it. That's what I did. Or go to a field or other generally well-tended boring grassy place and rescue a tree from there.

Remember, don't ever take a tree from somewhere it will be happy. It will be fine there. Go find one in danger.

BUT DON'T PULL IT YET.

Step 2: Rescuing a tree

This bit is important. You will need a shovel, some water, a small pot big enough for your tree, and some soil.

Find your tree, and estimate the size of its root ball. Then using your shovel, draw a circle about 200% bigger in the ground around it. Dig all the area in this circle up, trying to keep it in on piece as to not hurt the root ball.

Then pick up your tree from the strongest part (probably supporting the bottom of the roots and the bottom of the "trunk", and brush as much dirt and bugs as possible off the roots. Then plonk it lightly in your pot and put the soil you brought in. Water the tree, pat the dirt you dug up back into the hole, and leave with your new friend.
ortsa2 years ago
Much safer to dig the tree up when its dormant if deciduous or early spring if evergreen.
acidbass5 years ago
make sure you pack the earth around the tree down very good or there could be a chance for the tree to die of disease
If the tree dies from disease, it's rarely because the dirt wasn't packed down.  If the dirt is packed too much, the tree won't root in as well. That being said, instead of just stamping down the dirt, mound it up in a ring between the root ball and the edge of the hole and water thoroughly. That settles the dirt and waters the tree at the same time.
yeah i put a 6 inch tall ring of mulch around the tree
It's always good to put mulch around a tree. 3 to 4 inches is ideal, but a little thicker won't hurt anything. Just make sure to keep it away from the trunk or it will rot the bark and kill the tree
yeah btw what car is that for your avatar i can not quite see it clearly
 yeah btw what car is that for your avatar i can not quite see it clearly
dude u r acting so imature
Aston Martin DBS
 Aston Martin DBS
 It's always good to put mulch around a tree. 3 to 4 inches is ideal, but a little thicker won't hurt anything. Just make sure to keep it away from the trunk or it will rot the bark and kill the tree
oldman1004 years ago
i new how to do it lol but well done
JKibs955 years ago
are you sure that it's a maple?
Rotten194 (author)  JKibs955 years ago
Actually, its not. I don't know what that is either now (if you mean the second picture).
Where'd you get a guava?
Rotten194 (author)  JKibs955 years ago
The seeds are actually very common, you can find them in Florida, Hawaii, etc. If that fails, they can be purchased off the Internet. (Excuse any spelling mistakes, I'm on my sister's Itouch.)
sev175 years ago
nice
I like this =]

Never would have thought that after a year they would still be so small. The only trees I've planted were already ~3ft tall.