PREP PLANT AND
MEASURE THE DIAMETER of the root ball, then rototill a circle that measures five times the diameter across (see opposite). That will give your roots more space to grow. With a round-point shovel, dig a dish-shaped hole that’s twice the diameter of the root ball and deep enough that only the tree’s root flare will be aboveground. If the root ball is covered with burlap, that can be left in the hole after it’s unwrapped.