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How to plant a tree

Now that we are into May and the clocks have moved forward, it is likely that you will spend more time in your garden. There are plenty of ways you can be active in your garden, but if you are looking to plant a tree, you will want to get busy quite soon.

This is because many specialists state that the best time to plant a tree falls between October and April. Therefore, if you want to plant a tree at the optimal time, you are running out of time. To give your tree the best chance of success, it is essential you follow some helpful tips.

A good tree starts with an effective hole

The first step in planting a tree is making sure that you dig a big enough hole. The hole should be three times as wide as the pot while being the same depth. You should look to loosen the soil around the hole, and you can achieve this with a fork.

You should ensure the root ball is thoroughly soaked before you plant it. An effective way of immersing the root ball is submerging it in a bucket of water. The next step involving the root ball is to loosen it. Loosening the root ball encourages roots to develop and grow into the soil.

Place the root ball in the hole that you have dug. The ball should be located at the place where the roots meet the trunk at the same level as the soil surface. If you need assistance in measuring this and ensuring it is all on the same level, a piece of wood can be highly effective.

The next step is to refill the hole, and it is vital that you make sure there are no air pockets, as this can impact on the roots. You should ensure that the soil around the tree is firm, as this will help to ensure the stem is held in an upright position.

Protect your tree from wildlife

If your garden area welcomes wildlife, you should use a spiral or tree guard. This action will protect your tree from these guests, minimising their ability to eat or nibble at the bark.

When you have just planted a tree, it is vital that you water the tree extensively. You should add a layer of mulch but make sure you create a mulch-free collar around the base of the tree stem.
Anyone who has a top-heavy tree will need to stake their tree.

The stake should be placed at a 45-degree angle, and it is vital that you ensure the stake is secure. It is recommended you use a hammer to ensure the stake is secure.

If you are concerned about the impact of wind on your tree, you should attach a tie. You will find that garden centres offer advice and guidance on how to do this, and what products you need to use.

At South East Trees, we are always here to help if you need guidance in caring for your trees. We hope you get many years of enjoyment from your trees and feel free to contact us if you need assistance.