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Planting Advice and Tree Staking

Planting Advice and Tree Staking

Planting Advice

Your plants should be unpacked, soaked and planted immediately upon arrival using the following instructions:


To plant container grown stock, first you must prepare the ground well eliminating all weeds as they will compete with your plants for nutrients and water. Soak the roots of plants thoroughly in a bucket of water prior to planting.

Dig to the depth that allows the plants to be planted at the same soil level as the nursery line breaking up large clods of earth and removing any stones. Make sure that the bottom of the hole is well broken up and loose. If the soil is heavy or sandy add compost or well rotted farm yard manure and mix this well to improve the garden soil.

Tease out the roots carefully if they are circulating the pot and plant. Back fill the hole with the prepared soil, firming with your foot to eliminate any air pockets from around the roots. If possible apply a mulch of bark or well rotted manure or compost. Water in well and regularly for the first growing season.

Tree Staking

If planting trees staking is often needed, but it should be no higher than 60cm (2ft) above the ground. If it is higher then it discourages the trunk from any movement, this can lead to a weak trunk and weak root development. To avoid damaging the roots put the stake just beyond the rootball of the tree and on the opposite side to the prevailing wind, leaning towards the trunk at 45 degrees.


Alternatively use two upright stakes either side of the rootball. Secure the tree to the stake with a flexible or padded tie to minimise scraping away at the bark. A little swaying in the wind is good for the tree as it increases the trunk diameter and stimulates vigorous root growth - too much is bad though