site and situation in your garden will be different, eg. sandy soil
or clay soil, and each soil requires different watering techniques.
Sandy soil is free draining and needs more moisture, clay soil is
heavy and needs less water. First determine what situation you have
and prepare accordingly.
planting hole needs to be dug twice as wide but the same depth
as the root ball, and must be the same height as the existing
soil once planted. Avoid digging the hole deeper and backfilling
as the plant can sink when you water the root ball and will become
lower than the existing surface, which will then be inundated
with water in Winter. If more soil is added over the top this
will encourage roots to come to the surface. This can girdle or
strangle the tree which in years to come may be fatal. A root
ball constantly wet will result in the death of the tree/plant
due to lack of oxygen.
the tree from the bag or pot. Gently tease out the bottom and
sides of the root ball. In the event of a tree being pot-bound,
which we avoid, lay the tree on its side and cut 20mm off the
bottom of the root ball. Slice down with a sharp knife along the
sides, tease out any loose soil from the top of the root ball
to identify the largest root. When planting this should be just
below the surface.
a hole dug to correct proportions, place the tree into the hole
and backfill with soil taken from the hole, which should be friable.
If you have heavy clay soil, you could build a raised mound to
plant into to help eliminate waterlogging of the root ball. You
can mix a little compost with the backfill first if necessary,
but try and work with the existing soil you have. For clay soil
problems, work gypsum into your soil to improve drainage, and
good compost to sandy soil to help retain moisture.
Water in well by a hose and expel any air pockets
from the soil.
at the time of planting is generally
unnecessary as the tree should have sufficient
nutrients in the mix, but fertilizing several months
later is beneficial when the roots will be starting
to grow into the surrounding ground.
A soil and root stimulant such as Seasol can
be applied at planting time to help ease
transplant shock andencourage healthy
root growth. Staking hopefully isnot
necessary, but if the need arises use
two to three stakes and only tie with
hessian webbing or a product which
will rot away after a few months
or when the tree becomes stable.
establishing, water should be
concentrated on the root ball area, and not
the surrounding soil, as the root ball will dry
out first. Trees from our Nursery are watered
daily in Summer, each bag is simply filled up to
the top, therefore water your tree daily when hot
for the first two weeks, then every second day for
several months, and weekly after that. Remember
watering should be altered to suit your particular soil,
and current weather conditions.
around the tree taking care to keep it back from the trunk. Please
contact the Nursery on (08) 8339 1595 if you are still unsure,
or in need of any further information. We have supplied you a
a little care, trees and shrubs can be planted
successfully all year round.
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