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How to plant a beech tree

A beech tree will provide a formal and stately look to your planting site. The beech tree's leaves appear as light green in the late spring and deepen to a darker green throughout the summer, providing a dense canopy. A beech tree will grow to a height of 15 to 21 metres (50 to 70 feet) and will spread to a width of 12 metres (40 feet). You will see slow to medium growth after planting.

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  1. Before digging your hole, spread 7.5 cm (3 inches) of peat moss over the planting area. Thoroughly dig to a depth of 17.5 cm (7 inches) to distribute the peat moss. Rake the soil and take out any large clumps of dirt.

  2. Dig the hole twice as wide as the width of the tree root ball and slightly shallower than the depth of the root ball.

  3. Water the root ball thoroughly before planting.

  4. Place the root ball in the hole and carefully remove any burlap, rope or wire cage surrounding the ball. The burlap can be left in the hole.

  5. Make sure all soil removed from hole is loose. Mix the soil with the peat moss at a ratio of three parts soil to one part peat moss.

  6. Fill the hole around the root, packing the dirt and peat moss mix tightly. The root ball will slightly stick out above ground level when you are done planting. Before watering, build a small rim of dirt about 7.5 cm (3 inches) high at the outer edge of the root ball to collect water.

  7. Water thoroughly and apply a basic root stimulator product, which can be found at garden centres.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Root stimulator

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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