Planting a tree is a great way to offset your carbon footprint. Trees help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encourage the proliferation of wildlife. Planting a tree is also one of the easiest ways to help make the world a greener place. Contact your local county extension office for a list of trees that grow naturally in your area. Once it is in the ground and established, a native tree will be able to fend for itself.
Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and just as deep as the container that the tree is currently growing in.
Remove the tree from its current container. Loosen its roots by pulling them outward and away from the root ball with your hands. Prune any roots that are dark, mushy or broken.
Plant the tree in the hole at the same depth that it was growing in its current container. The root crown (where the roots meet the trunk) should be roughly 1 inch above the soil. Do not cover the roots with more than 1 inch of soil. Pat the soil down with your hands when you are finished to settle it and remove any air pockets.
Lay a slow-running hose at the base of the tree. Water until the soil is moist to the depth of the tree's root ball. If water pools on the surface of the soil, you are watering too quickly. Stop watering, wait for the water to absorb, then water again at a slower rate.
Water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil dry out until the tree establishes itself and produces new growth. Test the soil's moisture depth daily. Feel it with your fingers or insert a wooden dowel into the soil. During very hot and dry weather, you may have to water twice daily.