Plant trees as quickly as possible after their arrival from a nursery into a well-prepared site. Dig a wide but shallow hole (about 24” wide by 12-15” deep). Place the tree in the hole and backfill with the original soil. Press the soil firmly around the roots and water immediately. For trees on size-controlling (dwarfing) rootstocks, be sure the graft union is 3 to 4 inches above the final soil line. If soil is placed around the scion, the scion will root and the dwarfing influence of the rootstock will be lost. Before planting, make a few vertical cuts through the sides of the root ball before setting in the hole. This will cut through any roots that are circling in the pot.