Planting a Tree

Do you wish you had more trees in your garden? Not know how and when to plant a tree? You’re not alone. Here are some great tips for planting your favourite tree:

The best time to plant a tree

A tree growing in a pot can be planted at any time of the year. You can use a biodegradable pot which means no disruption to the roots as the tree grows. Using any other material means you’ll need to gently remove the tree form the pot before planting. For trees with bare roots, planting should only take place in the late autumn or winter months. This is the dormant period for trees, so planting at this stage means the roots have time to settle before growing new leaves and shoots come spring time.

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Where to plant the tree

It’s a fairly simple process as all a tree needs are sunlight, rain and good nutrient-rich soil. As long as you have these 3 essentials, you can plant your tree in that spot. Try to find a place where it can be seen easily and enjoyed. Consider a spot that you can see from the window or in a favourite seating area outside. If you need any help with the trees in your garden, contact a professional Tree Surgeon Bournemouth. Visit Tree Surgeon Bournemouth Kieran Boyland for all your tree needs.

What equipment will I need?

To plant a tree, you’ll need:

A bucket of water for soaking the roots for around 30 minutes before starting

A trowel or spade

Boots and gloves

Planting the tree

Once your tree roots have soaked for 30 minutes, you’ll need to dig a spot to plant it in. A good guide is to dig a hole just as deep and twice as wide as the diameter of the pot it’s in. Making the hole graduate slightly wider at the top will encourage a good spread of the roots. Don’t pack the soil too tight so as to aid drainage.

Take the tree from the bucket of water. If it’s in a biodegradable pot, there’s no need to remove it. The pot will slowly break down, allowing the roots to grow out through the wall of the pot and into fresh soil.

Position the tree into the hole and stand back to check all looks good. Check that the top of the soil is level with the ground. Add in some more if the level looks a little low.

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Fill in any loose gaps with soil but don’t pack too tight as it needs to stay light and airy, but with no large air pockets. The aim is to provide your tree with plenty of support without overly compacting the soil.

Water the tree thoroughly, letting the water drain right through the soil and then repeat the process. It’s important to saturate the soil that is deep down by the roots. Maintaining the water levels of a newly-planted tree will give it the very best start for any garden.



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