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Treeplanting is the process of transplanting tree seedlings or saplings, generally for commercial forestry, land reclamation, or landscaping purposes. It differs from the transplantation of larger trees in arboriculture, and the lower cost but slower and less reliable distribution of tree seeds.
The secret to success when treeplanting is to make sure that your tree seedling or sapling is well and truly anchored down, with shorter or low growing trees just careful firming may be sufficient. If however your sapling is over 1.5m or 5ft we would suggest that you use a short tree stake to keep the rootball in place. After planting your sapling, it may also be worth covering the surface of the soil with a mulch to prevent competition from weeds and help retain moisture around the roots of the tree.
When should you plant your tree?
Most container-grown trees and saplings can be planted at just about any time of the year, with the exception of when the soil is frozen or waterlogged.
Autumn is probably the ideal time for planting or moving deciduous trees, mainly because the soil is still warm enough to encourage some root growth before the full onset of winter. This will help your tree establish itself quite quickly so it is more able to withstand any hot, dry spells the following spring and summer.
Container-grown conifers and other evergreen trees can also be planted in early autumn but in but in an exposed garden we would suggest they are best planted after the coldest snaps have finished, probably during April or even May in colder more northern and exposed areas so they can become established before the weather turns really cold again. In these areas it's also worth putting up a protective barrier of willow wattle or windbreak netting after planting until the evergreens are established. Trees sold without any soil on their roots, known as bare-rooted, should be planted during the dormant season only, usually between November and March. - Top Tips For Tree Planting
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