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planting guide

Tree Planting Guide

Select a suitable planting site and dig a hole approximately 1/3 larger than the plants root mass. Remember to check for services before digging and to allow room for the tree to grow to its full potential in the chosen site. In very heavy, poor draining or clay soils the width of the hole is more important than the depth.

Carefully remove the container and position the plant in the hole. Do not tease out, or break up the root mass. Back fill half of the hole with some of the original soil and evenly distribute half the recommended quantity of a slow release fertilizer around the tree. Compact this layer making sure the plant is still upright. Fill the rest of the hole with a mixture of a quality planting mix, the original soil and the remaining fertilizer. Compact and cover with a suitable mulch. (Grass clipping are not recommended as mulch).

Drive a stake into the ground alongside the root ball (not through it) until firm and tie the tree loosely to the stake with bio-degradable rubber or jute ties. Use two or three stakes for windy or exposed sites. Very large trees can be tethered to the ground using a variety of ground anchor systems (contact the nursery for advice). Remember to loosen the ties as the tree grows and to remove old ties and stakes once the tree is established.

Water the tree immediately after planting with approximately 20 litres (two buckets) of water poured slowly at the base of the trunk. Over the hot dry summer months water the tree every second or third day with 10 to 15 litres of water. In winter watering should be done every seven to ten days. Always water slowly to avoid run off. Once the tree is established watering should only be necessary during prolonged dry periods.

If you are concerned about the drainage of your chosen site pour a bucket of water into the hole. If water still remains after 15 minutes you should use the following planting methods. Mound the planting site up so that the root mass is no more than one third above ground. Pack the soil back into the hole as tightly as possible without crushing or damaging the root ball. Be sure to compact the soil around the trunk of the tree and mulch well to prevent the soil from eroding away and leaving the roots exposed. Double staking is recommended. If the site is on a slope, open a narrow slit from the side of the hole down hill so any excess water can drain off. Don't use planting mixes or compost in the base of the hole but use them as mulch in the top 100mm of the soil.
Tree planting guide