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Dig a hole deep enough to make sure roots extend downward and do not form a "J". Make sure the hole is deep enough to cover all roots. Pack soil firmly around the roots. Keep watered. If possible, keep weeds and grass from growing to high or thick, blocking the sunlight from the tree.
The trees should be "Healed in". Dig a small hole or trench, tamp the seedlings in the ground, keep watered.
A tree shelter is a biodegradable polypropylene tube that surrounds your hardwood seedlings and protects them from deer, rabbits, rodents, herbicides, mowers and weed trimmers. Tree shelters create a greenhouse environment that encourages seedling growth. Not recommended for evergreens.
It is located under programs on the Erosion & Sedimentation page.