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Tree Planting Tips: #1 to #3

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#1 Give a newly planted sapling a thorough soaking by standing it in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting.

#2 Dig a hole at least three times as wide and twice as deep as the tree's teased out roots or container. Mix the soil you've removed from the hole with well-rotted organic matter and keep on one side. If your soil is heavy, break up the sides and bottom of the hole by gently piercing the somewhat smooth surfaces with a garden fork. This will start the roots off with somewhere to grow into the surrounding soil.

#3 Deciduous tree saplings over 1.5m or 5ft tall at the time of planting will probably establish themselves more quickly if their roots are held firm. The best way to ensure this is to drive in a 1.2m or 4ft supporting stake at an angle of 45 degrees after excavating the planting hole. The stake should be positioned pointing to windward or the south west.

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Tree Planting Tips: #4 to #7

#4 The tree needs to be planted at the same depth as it was in the pot or if bare rooted where the bark begins. Check the hole is the right depth by laying a straight piece of wood across the hole. If the tree stands too high or too low, remove or add some of the soil in the bottom of the hole.

#5 The easiest way to get a tree out of its container is to gently lay it on its side, tap the rim or roll the from side to side applying pressure to the rim of the container and then gently slide it out. Carefully tease out any roots that were encircling the bottom or sides of the pot so they grow away from the rootball and into the surrounding soil. Position the tree in the centre of the hole next to the stake if used.

#6 Start to fill in the sides of the hole with the soil mixture, gently firming it down with your heel. Shake the trunk of bare-rooted trees before firming the first layer to make sure soil trickles down in between the roots. Regularly check the tree is upright from more than one angle of sight. Once the hole has been filled, water really well once again. Once the planting is finnished cover the surface of the soil with a generous layer of mulch, such as chipped bark or manure, to help prevent weeds and reduce the amount of water loss from the soil.

#7 After planting, attach the top of the stake nearest the trunk to the tree using a special adjustable tree tie with a protective spacer. This will hold the tree securely while preventing it from rubbing against the stake in windy weather.

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