Finish product

1. When you first start make a rough 3-foot and 9-foot circle around where the tree will be planted. 
 
 
- The 3-foot circle is where the hole will be dug.
- The 9-foot circle is where the soils will be placed.
- Put the top soil separate from the other materials being dug out that will make the circular dike. 

2. Use a 4-foot 1" x 2" wood stick to mark 3' and 6' circles around area before digging.  

3. Take a 1" x 2" x 4-foot piece of wood and mark with a dark marker every 12 inches.

 4. Dig a 3' x 3'4" deep hole.  The extra 4" depth allows room for the 4" perpetrated pipe.

5. This 4-foot stick can be hammered into the ground near the out side of the hole where the top of this stick is at the level of the ground.  This marked wooden stick helps in seeing how much soil is needed.

5a Make sure you tamp the soil every 6-inches.

6. A small ladder helps for getting in and out of the hole. 

When you first dig the top soil should be thrown 3 feet away from the 3 foot hole.  This gives room for mixing the soil before it is put back into the hole.

The dirt that is going to be discarded can be placed just out side of the 6 to 9 foot circle for the dike.

SOIL - TOP AND BOTTOM LAYER
Blend with a pitch fork, mix twice as much soil mixture leaving the Peat Moss out.  Then mix Peat Moss into soil when you put the last layer or top layer in.

TRICK: Water the area heavy 3 days before digging.

Dig down to dry dirt and fill the hole with water and let it stand for a few days. You could use a little regular Joy dish washing soap in the water to help the water absorb more rapidly.

  CAUTION:  Do not mix materials with your back to the hole.  Danger!

Organic compost (top of picture),
topsoil (big pile right of compost),
and leaves (right and below of top soil). 

Added kelp, peat moss,
Gypsum (because soil pH was below 6.5 and California is drying up). 

A flat shovel and a pitchfork works well for mixing materials.

Sprayed trees with BioWash 25.

Leaves were put next to the top soil and were light and easy to pull to the mixing area.


The vertical 4-foot wood was mark at 1-foot intervals and driven into the ground.  The top of this stack was at ground level.  This made it easy to see the 1-foot intervals for materials.

Used 2 - 2-foot perforated plastic pipes and put rocks at the ends to close the pipe ends.  Covered with a little grass. 
After putting in the first layer, I added the rocks.  
After putting in top soil, place a large rock
and set a support stake for the tree.

Finish mixing the last top layer of materials including the peat moss.

Put the tree on the rock and tie to 2-inch x 2-inch wood stake support. 

Then fill in the last materials being careful with the roots.
Finish product After filling the hole and supporting the tree remember to put a 1-inch layer of compost over the 3-foot dug area before placing the leaves.
GALVANIZED STEEL ROOF FLASHING


- Notice the tree has been painted.
- Support stake put in.
- Galvanized steel roof flashing in place.
- Will clean out any materials inside the metal.
- Will also be spraying the trees with something organic to rid these trees of any bugs. 

Grown as God intended.  Most people don't spend $500 in time and materials supporting a tree.  They just drill a hole and wish for the best. 

Planting trees is like spending time with the Lord in the Bible.  But most are to busy with life and just auger a hole and think they know the forensics evidence in the Bible.  Wrong!
Notice the wooden stake at the bottom of this picture.  This is to mark the worm area. 

I put a mixture of materials such as peat moss, dirt, worms, vegetable scrapes, etc.  I could not afford a $100 in worms.
   
A neighbor planted these fruit trees about the same time using an auger.  Thinking these trees were complete about 03/25/2014.