How to reduce the effects of transplant shock in Biltmore Forest (Part 2)
Continuing with our last guide the next step is to make sure the tree is in the hole perfectly straight. This step will pay off greatly in the future, as your tree will be safe for your property, and those surround it. Moving a tree after it has been planting will create problems for the tree long-term, and it can be very hard. This is why we make sure trees are in straight the first time. Once everything is ready to go it is time to seal up the hole with soil. Do this by packing soil around the entire root ball for support.
If your root ball is still wrapped up, this is the last chance to unpack it. Cut any plastic, strings, wires, or bags that may be covering the root ball. You need to make sure the soil is packed densely enough that it will not hinder the hydrating of the tree. Holes will lead to an excess of oxygen, which will dry the earth, and the trees roots. Don’t fertilize the ground just yet; you want to use backfilling to make sure the earth is compact enough for the tree.