Experience is what we get when we don’t get what we want.
The mantra repeated over and over and over again is that you do not want to disturb the soil under the tree; if the trees needs to be planted at 14 inches, you do not dig a hole deeper than 14 inches. That way the already settled soil will not settle anymore.
Me and my shittastic soil that is 70% rocks I prefer to dig a hole at least 24 inches deep, and then tamp as hard as I can the soil at the 16" level. I then plant my tree higher than desired because the soil will still settle somewhat.
You talking bare root trees?
Balled n Burlapped trees?
Or some of each?
Balled n Burlapped are most likely to sink if you make holes too deep and put loose soil in the bottom. And bare root trees should sink the least.
In the case of bare root…if they’ve only been planted a few days you can probably tug lightly and pull them up out of the hole a little if the ground is still super wet.
I had to dig the holes with a post hole digger that is attached to a tractor, then an auger is attached to the post hole digger. Because I had trees of different size pots (width and depth), I also had some that ware bare root (some persimmon varieties and rootstocks) and because I had to do more than couple hundred holes it was wise to use a tool than a shovel! But when I was doing the holes I couldn’t tell the depth of the auger was going on the hole. Also as I mentioned before I didn’t know which tree was going where and some of the bare root trees like persimmons they tend to go deeper.
So after planting most of the trees we had some rain and that’s when lots of the trees started to sink. Some just a couple inches some others more than that, about five inches at the most.
The figs I think they are ok like that but the persimmons that’s the ones I’m not too sure about that.
I dig mine that way. Dig hole. Fill 1/2 with water. Very important. Packs better and gets rid of air pockets. Have someone hold the tree slightly above the nursery dirt line. Fill hole with dirt. Then tamp down with foot. Don’t get in hurry.
I would leave for a few years as they are. Good water retention for dry summers.
This was a first one for me, every one of the trees in my property I have done the holes by hand with a shovel. But this time because I had to do a mass planting there was no other way around than to use a piece of equipment to safe time and my back!
What I wasn’t counting with it was that they would sink in because of the depth of the hole and the soil wasn’t pack so with the rain both soil and plant settle down. I wish I knew this before hand so I should have left half of the potted part of tree/plant half way planted and the other half sticking out, eventually after the soil settle down the top of the soil of the plant should have be even with the ground. A lesson to learn!
We had rain all over the weekend and last night I went to check them out and lots of the persimmons were about 10 inches below the ground level, so I would have to doug them back out and put more soil on the bottom then re plant them again.
The bad part is that it’s going to be around 100 trees done by me, myself and I
I would replant While they are still young. There are millions of tree planting projects going on all over the world and from what I’ve seen I bet half are planted too deep and piled with mulch those trees will die a slow death. Extra work but you would be setting them up for a much longer healthier life.
Thanks! Yes I agree with you 100% might in fact that what I’m working on right now.
Just stop to take a look and a pic of the white stuff that @Daemon2525 was asking about it. It is a mix between the soil, sand and clay. I found several different types of soil on my property from red to white! Go figure.