Preparing Tree Planting Holes

Proper preparation of holes for planting trees is necessary for tree growth and survival.

Trees are available at plant nurseries and garden centers in different container sizes and as bare root, and balled and burlapped.

Each method has advantages and disadvantages and requires different handling and planting techniques.

Information on planting trees and shrubs is available from the resources listed below.

Tree with marking for planting width
Planting trees correctly will help them live longer and stay healthy. Try to dig a hole about twice as wide as the root ball and keep the root ball level with the soil surface. Photo Credit: Melanie Robinson


Additional Resources:


Florida – Planting Hole Size and Configuration

South Carolina – Planting Trees Correctly


Nebraska – Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes of Tree Planting

Indiana – Tree Installation


Utah – Planting Landscape Trees