A Heart of Green:
Blue Jaguar Eco-Kiva
"There are three things
which build and maintain civilization throughout time:
pure air, pure water, and pure food.
And as an eternal truth I say unto you,
that there are threethings which bring the end of civilization,
even the mightiest that have ever been
and shall ever be,
from the beginningless beginning
to the endless end of all time:
impure air, impure water, and impure food."
- Zenda Avesta, c. 3000 BC
How to Plant A Tree
Tree Planting Instructions
by Michael Martin Melendrez,
Owner of Trees That Please and Soil Secrets Worldwide LLC.
This paper describes what I’ve learned is the most successful technique for planting trees. It took me 30 years of trial and error and planting hundreds of thousands of trees in landscapes to say with confidence, this technique works. As a nurseryman, tree farmer and scientist, I’ve learned a lot and killed many trees using other techniques. This paper will hopefully help you succeed most of the time, rather than by accident every once in awhile. Remove and discard grass and weeds from the planting site. The hole should be 1 foot wider then the diameter of the root ball and no deeper. Dig the hole square rather then round as roots cannot follow the sides of a square hole as easy as a round. Pour several quarts of 3 percent grade Hydrogen peroxide on the sides and bottom of the hole until saturated. You will see the soil bubble and fizz, which softens the soil and allows the new roots to penetrate the sides of the hole. Carefully remove the tree's root ball from its container, taking care not to break or damage the root ball. Take care to not touch the roots with bare hands as lotion and acids from your skin can cause damage. Return undamaged 5 gallon or larger containers to the nursery so they may be recycled Place the tree in the center of the hole on firm ground so the root crown (where the trunk meets the roots) is level with the surrounding ground level. Backfill the hole with the soil you removed (original soil). Discard any grass and weeds from the soil. Do not add soil amendments, do not add Root Stimulators of any kind and do not add fertilizers into the backfill. Try to use pulverized soil like that of a gopher mound. Do not pack the soil in; instead use water to settle the soil into the voids of the hole. I repeat, do not place any kind of fertilizer tablets into the backfill. Do not use any kind of Root Stimulator or fertilizer of inorganic origin with newly planted trees. I do, however, endorse that you apply Earth Magic ® (TerraPro outside of New Mexico), a Soil Conditioner rich in Humic substances plus Protein Crumblies both surface applied only. Remove the nursery stake, if your tree came tied to one. If your tree is sturdy enough to hold itself upright, do not restake. Trees trunks will develop faster if they can bend in the wind. Water thoroughly right after planting to soak the planting area and settle the soil. Water with a sprinkler and judge the amount by measuring 3 to 4 inches of water into coffee cans. The zone that needs to be watered is the same area the tree needs to expand its root system out to in the first growing season, which is approximately a 20 to 30 foot radius of the trunk. Do not depend on Drip Irrigation to water trees as it will not create a large enough wet spot in the ground to grow a tree at its potential rate of growth, size or longevity, unless you have an exceptional drip system. Do not create a water basin around your newly planted tree, or water by allowing a hose to dribble or soak next to the trunk. That will not water the entire root zone of the tree! Spread mulch or wood chips about 4 to 6 inches deep over the entire future root zone area, leaving a bare 4-inch to 6 inch area directly around the trunk. Protect your trees from dogs, cats and other animals.
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