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How to Plant a Tree: How to plant a treee from a five gallon bucket
Posted by R. Wesley Lovil, May 3, 2009. 1684 views. ID = 2568

How to Plant a Tree

Posted by R. Wesley Lovil, May 3, 2009. 1684 views. ID = 2568
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We all need to do our part to help green America
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In honor of Los Angeles' plan to plant one million trees, here are instructions on planting a tree from a five gallon bucket. You will need a shovel and maybe a pick ax if your soil is hard also a big bag of potting soil.
1. Get tree, preferably one that will thrive in your climate. Talk to your local nursery for help in picking tree.
2. Dig a hole about twenty inches in circumference and twenty inches deep. Put your shovel alongside bucket grasp the handle at the top of the dirt line, and then stick the shovel in the hole to see if it is deep enough.
3. Pull tree out of bucket and place in hole, then mix potting soil with dirt from the hole and then pack around tree.
4. Create a berm using remaining dirt from hole and more potting soil around the tree to hold water. Pack the berm tightly so it will hold water.
5. Separate the steak attached to tree and discard. Drive in two larger stakes about one foot apart from tree on opposite sides. Be sure and place the stakes in the direction that the wind usually comes from.
6. Attach the tree to the two stakes using soft rubber making sure it does not bind against your young tree. You will need these stakes for about one year
7. Water immediately with about ten gallons of water, letting the water soak in.
It will take about five years for you to enjoy the shade your new tree will make, but you will take pride immediately in your knowledge that you have added to your neighborhood's green belt.

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May 3, 2009
Nice job. You know, I think it would be interesting to see how many people would get stuck at step 4 because they don't know what a berm is. Where I live it's a fairly uncommon word. In fact, last summer I was at a camp and the word came up, and probably 75% of the people there had never even heard the word before.
   ~Posted by Douglas, May 3, 2009

May 9, 2009
Berm is not a word used here in Australia - I've never heard it before.
I think we would build up walls or bank up the soil to form a well in the middle, but we don't have a word for berm.

My own tree planting starts after someone else has dug the hole! ;-)

   ~Posted by Scribbler, May 9, 2009

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