Plant a Tree – Backfilling the Planting Hole

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional Horticulturist Mitch Baker from the American Plant Food Company demonstrates how to backfill your planting hole.

    Mitch Baker

    Mitch Baker is the Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Food Co. Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with 31 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and also serves on the board of the Rachel Carson Council.

    Hi, I am Mitch Baker with American Plant Food Company. We are now ready to backfill our planting hole, and we are going to add a root stimulator at the same time. So, we are going to partially backfill this hole with some of the soil mix. This gives us an opportunity to level the tree, straighten it, and make sure we are at the proper grade. We have partially backfilled, at this time we are going to add a biostimulant or a root stimulator. These kinds of things are available again at all garden centers and many hardware stores. You will find them in liquid forms, you will find them in granular forms. We are going to use a granular form today. We are sprinkling a small amount right around the edge of the root ball. This needs to come into contact with the root system, so that's why we are doing it at this stage of the game, not something were putting on top of the soil later. It needs to come into contact with the roots, so we add it at this point. There are also forms that are pre-measured, where you might use the complete packet for one tree, or half a packet. So, there are lots of different forms of these roots stimulators or biostimulants, but they really help enhance root development. They help ensure survival of the new tree, and thats really important. Get it off to a good start.