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How to Plant Red Maple Trees

The red maple tree is a quickly growing tree that can reach heights of 40 to 75 feet at maturity. The tree produces flowers and fruit with vibrant colors of red and orange variations. The foliage is a rich green with pale green underside. This statuesque tree develops an oval width between 25 and 45 feet and thrives well near other trees and vegetation.

Choose a planting location for the red maple tree. Select a location that provides at least six to eight hours of full to partial shade each day. Ensure that the location provides well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.

Prepare the red maple tree sapling for planting. Unwrap the sapling from its bindings and gently remove the excess soil from the tree’s root system. Comb out the root system to remove tangles. Avoid pulling or tugging on the roots to prevent damage.

Inspect the root system to ensure that all roots are healthy. Trim away any damaged or dying roots by cutting them back, as close to the root base as possible. Use sharp, sterile scissors to make the cut(s).

Trim no more than 1/3 of the root tips from the system to promote a healthy establishment. Gather the root system in hand, holding the system as close to the tips as possible. Trim away those edges, making a clean cut with the sterile scissors.

Prepare the planting location immediately after completing the tree preparations. Work quickly in order to get the tree in the ground as soon as possible. Dig a hole for the red maple tree sapling. Prepare the hole to match the width and depth of the tree’s root system. Ensure that the root system will rest comfortably in the hole with roots stretched out, not bundled.

Place the red maple tree in the center of the prepared hole and fill the hole with the soil. Ensure that no roots show from the surface and press the soil firmly around the tree to secure its position. Build the tree’s planting area up so that it is slightly elevated from the surrounding surface.

Water the newly planted tree thoroughly to promote good establishment. Give the tree approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water, providing deep irrigation to the planting area. Do not fertilize the newly planted tree. Allow the tree about three months to become established.

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