Planting native trees

Native trees are essential in an ecologically balanced garden and should also be planted correctly. They need a little less work because they require no added fertiliser or lime, being totally suited to our native soils. It is advisable, however, to dig a fair sized hole, at least three times larger than the container, and thoroughly break up the soil removed. This will enable the roots to penetrate the soil more quickly and faster growth will result Water the tree well before removing it from the container.

The roots of native trees do not like to be disturbed, therefore careful handling is necessary when placing the tree into the prepared hole. If the tree needs a stake, place it into position before you plant the tree so as not to damage delicate roots. Mulch with newspaper, hay or dried grass clippings as with fruit trees, omitting the compost or manure. However, if the tree seems to be growing a little slowly you could scatter a small amount of compost over the mulch to promote breakdown and supply the tree with natural fertiliser. Trees planted this way will not only give satisfactory growth but are work free, because the mulch will maintain consistent soil moisture and heat levels, keeping down weeds and grasses for four to six months.


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