Last time we visited together, I was “talking” about having to plant shrubs around our church along with a boy scout who was working on his community hours for his next badge.
As I promised, here is ‘part two’ where we planted six 15-gallon trees together.
Before we planted the 15-gallon trees, I was asked to oversee the planting of a single 24″ box tree by the church office.
I planned to have the tree to be planted in this area to protect the office from the hot, afternoon sun. This Sissoo tree will grow quickly and provide lots of welcome shade.
|Cut the metal bands surrounding the box container.|
|Once the metal bands have been removed, it is easy to remove the wooden sides. You can remove the wooden bottom as well at this point.|
|Don’t pull out the tree, as this can damage the root ball. Instead, make two cuts down the side of the container. You can use box cutters, and exacto knife, hand pruners of loppers.|
|At this point, pull the side down and cut along the bottom of the section to completely remove this section.|
|Gently slide out the tree and guide it into the hole. Try not to ‘drop’ it. Although my assistant was bending over, it is safer for your back to squat down, using your legs or better yet – get on your knees.|