- Get Started
- How to Plant a Tree: Before You Start
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 1
Measure the Root Ball
Measure and record the height and width of the root ball.
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 2
Dig a Hole
Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the tree’s root ball and about an inch or two shallower than the height.
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 3
Put Your Tree in Place
Lift the tree into its new home. Once in the ground, about one to two inches of the root ball should be above the soil level.
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 4
Fill ‘Er In
Fill in the hole with the original soil. Then walk lightly around the tree, packing down the soil as you go.
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 5
Spread an even layer of mulch around your tree, 2 to 3 inches deep and as wide as the tree’s foilage. Make sure to keep mulch away from the trunk.
- How to Plant a Tree: Step 6
Just Add Water
New trees need about 15 to 20 gallons of water at the time of planting.
- How to Plant a Tree: Keep Up the TLC
Keep Up the TLC
Water your tree when the leaves are out (mid-May to mid-Sept), and when the top few inches of soil are dry to the touch.
- How to Plant a Tree: Register Your Tree
Host a Tree Up
Have some fun. Meet some people. Plant some trees. Tree Ups are themed social events where you can have fun and give back to the city by planting a tree while you’re at it.
Get a Free Tree
Ready to plant? Come to a Free Tree Give-A-Way or have trees delivered to you.
Researchers at Columbia University found childhood asthma rates were highest in parts of the city where tree density was lowest.