Top notch planting stock. Prepare the planting hole months in advance to let the soil mellow. Careful planting. Aggressive weed control. And, of course, Tree Tubes.
Ask the average person on the street how fast an oak tree grows and I guarantee they will say 6 inches per year. That’s partly why oaks and other valuable trees are not planted as widely as they should be – people assume it will take decades for them to reach significant size.
We should start thinking of any site where oaks aren’t growing at least 3ft per year as underachieving.