planter
Senior Member
Posts: 116
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:34 am
Location: South Shore MA/ Z6?

How Big a Hole??

I know the rule of thumb for most trees and shrubs is to plant them at ground level or slightly higher and that works for me so I understand digging the hole the same depth as the root ball or pot and just loosening the subsoil.

My really question is this... Why do they say on a label to dig a hole the same depth but only 2 or 3 times as wide. I tend to make WIDE hole but not deep ones so whats the scoop. I alway incorporate a lot of native soil in but why does it matter all all how big around your hole is??? I just figure it gives the roots more places to go and most trees are pretty shallow rooted anyway.. Just observe trees blown over by the wind..
Got anything good that's Z6 hardy?

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