As a NASCAR driver, Austin Dillon’s used to life in the fast lane. But, he travels at a considerably slower pace when it comes to working around his property in Welcome, NC. In this Backyard Life video, Dillon shows viewers how to plant a tree.
Benefits of Planting Trees
As most Backyard Lifers know, Dillon says planting trees is good for both his outdoor living space and the environment. In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emitting oxygen into it, trees also provide a natural home for nesting birds, squirrels, insects and other wildlife.
How to Plant a Tree
To begin, Austin’s chosen a planting location that receives plenty of sun, drains well, and is spaced far enough away from other trees that may compete for water and limit its ability to flourish.
Once his hole’s been dug, Austin adds lime, soil conditioner and fertilizer to the dirt he’s removed from it. Finally, he works the amended soil back into place around the tree’s root ball.
Hydration’s crucial to early success of any tree species, so Austin will water it consistently after transplanting to encourage healthy root growth. (A good rule of thumb is adding five gallons of water for every inch in diameter of the trunk.)
Be sure to check with your local nursery experts for the most accurate planting and care tips based on the soil conditions and other factors in your region of the country.
About Austin Dillon
If you’re looking for proof that NASCAR’s a Dillon family business, then look no further than Austin’s grandfather, Richard Childress—owner of the RCR No. 3 his grandson drives. As a multiple NASCAR champion (including the 2011 NASCAR Truck Series and 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series), competitive racing is truly in Austin’s blood.