How do I plant pine trees in East Texas?
Site Location and PreparationAdd lime to the soil to treat acidity as sandy East Texas soils tend to turn acidic in moist conditions, a major turn-off for pine, which requires neutral pH. Site pine trees away from areas where water collects or nitrogen fertilizer is applied. After digging a hole for the root ball, pack down the sandy bottom to create a solid foundation for the transplanted tree.Planting and StakingPlace the tree into the hole carefully and backfill. If the tree will be exposed to wind, attach guide wires on stakes to keep it upright. If the tree is protected by an existing stand of Texas pine, stake simply by lashing a partially buried branch or pole to the young tree.Water and FertilizerProvide the tree with 1 inch of water per week during dry conditions, especially during the first spring to summer growing season, as sandy soils in East Texas dry out quickly.