First, decide on a planting location.
Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need.
Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width of the pot and as deep as the root system you are planting.
Remove the plant from the pot.
Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. This does not hurt the tree. Think of it as a massage. You want to encourage the roots to start spreading out!
Place the root system in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground.
Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Fill the hole until the soil line is just at the base of the plant and even with the surrounding soil surface.
Pack down the soil around the tree to eliminate any air pockets.
When finished, water thoroughly. Then step around the base of the tree again. Continue to water regularly the first 3 years after planting, until the plant is well established.
*Optional- add a 2 inch layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, around the planting area. Do no let the mulch touch the base of the tree. Have a 4 inch moat between tree base and mulch.