They are the largest plants on planet earth, they give us oxygen, improve air quality, store carbon, stabilise and clean soil, provide a home and protection to wildlife and provide humans with materials for tools and shelter, etc. Their environmental value is boundless, but trees also give us food, flowers, colour, shade in our gardens and on the landscape and they are beautiful.
Trees can live from one to thousands of years, and once planted this is where they will most likely spend their entire life, so it’s extremely important that you plant them correctly from the word go.
Do your research! How tall will it be in say 10 or 30 years? what shadows will it throw? Will it be harmful to humans or animals? Do you have the ideal climate for this tree? etc.
Let’s get planting ...
- Dig the hole – at least twice as deep and twice as wide as the root-ball of your tree - loosen the soil at the sides and bottom to allow good drainage and roots penetration. Dig the soil that has been taken from the hole, so it is loose crumbly when returned; you can a little well-rotted compost to break up heavy soil.
- Place some slow release fertiliser in the base of the hole.
- If you need to stake the tree or provide wind protection do it before the tree is planted - place the stake(s) in the ground firmly at about 150cm from the edge of the root ball. Have something soft and nonabrasive to tie the tree to the stakes. Stakes may be removed once the tree has set down roots and is firm – no sooner that 12 months after planting.
- Remove the tree from its container and try not to disturb the roots and scrape away the top 1cm of potting mix to remove any weeds or weed seeds. New Seasons trees will have been recently potted and extra care is required removing these from their container - the roots may come away from the soil, treat them very gently as they are young and fragile. Very carefully fan these young roots out before placing in the hole and cover firstly with the potting mix that came in the container.
- Plant your tree in the hole - the top of the root ball should be at ground level – not higher or lower. Fill the hole soil, tamp down snugly and firmly.
- Apply a layer of mulch around the tree to supress weeds and retain moisture, ensure mulch does not touching the trunk.
- Water well.
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