Dig a planting hole around three times the size of its pot and around the same depth, loosening the soil around the hole.
Do not add compost or fertiliser to the soil.
Soak the root ball before planting — ideally in a bucket of water — and then loosen the tree roots so they’re not compacted.
Place the tree into the hole, so that the point where the roots meet the trunk is level with the soil surface.
Refill the hole, ensuring there are no air pockets, and firm soil around the tree.
Add a 5cm-8cm (between 2in and 3in) layer of mulch, but make sure to leave a 10cm (4in) mulch-free collar around base of stem.
Only use a tree stake if needed. If you do stake, use a round stake and a proper tree tie.
Keep the area around the tree weeded, and make sure to water it well.