Your quick guide to planting trees

Your quick guide to planting trees

GET DIGGING

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.

ROOT READY

Soak the root ball before planting — ideally in a bucket of water — and then loosen the tree roots so they’re not compacted.

PRIME POSITION

Place the tree into the hole, so that the point where the roots meet the trunk is level with the soil surface.

FIRM THINGS UP

Refill the hole, ensuring there are no air pockets, and firm soil around the tree.

WATER IT WELL

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.

ON STAKEOUT

Only use a tree stake if needed. If you do stake, use a round stake and a proper tree tie.

AREA CARE

Keep the area around the tree weeded, and make sure to water it well.

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