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How to Plant a Sawtooth Oak Tree

    • 1). Select a planting site for your sawtooth oak tree that receives full to partial sunlight and has sandy to clay loam soil that's well-draining. Choose a location that allows the sawtooth oak to grow to its mature height and width.

    • 2). Remove all weeds, grass and other plants from the planting site. Clear away all vegetative growth in at least a 3-foot circle.

    • 3). Dig a planting hole for your sawtooth oak that's twice the diameter and depth of the root ball. Set the tree's root ball into the planting hole so that the tree is standing straight upright.

    • 4). Backfill the planting hole with the displaced soil. Water the soil around the newly-planted sawtooth oak to soak it down to and around the roots to eliminate any air pockets in the soil.

    • 5). Keep the area around your sawtooth oak tree free of weeds and grass during at least the first year by laying down a weed mat around the tree or by applying a tree-safe herbicide weed killer. Keep at least the area beneath the canopy to the farthest branch tips clear of grass and weeds.

    • 6). Water your newly-planted sawtooth oak tree deeply and thoroughly once or twice per week during prolonged dry spells or droughts. Apply a slow-release 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizer to the soil around the sawtooth oak tree once each year in early spring, following the directions on the label.

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