How to Plant a Tree in Your Garden
Plant it well and take care of it, and your tree will pay dividends, providing your yard with color, shade and structure for many years to come.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: Late autumn
At Its Best: All year round
Time to Complete: 2 hours
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Prepare the Ground
Dig a circular hole twice the width and the same depth as the root ball; digging the hole deeper than the root ball may cause the tree to sink once planted. Instead, puncture the base and sides with a garden fork to encourage the roots to penetrate.
Check Planting Depth
Most trees are planted with the top of their root ball slightly above the soil surface, which helps them to establish a strong root system and avoid drainage issues. Place the tree in the hole, lay the shovel handle across the top of the root ball to check the level, and add or remove soil as required.
Tease Out Roots
Lift the tree from the hole and use your fingers to gently tease the outer roots away from the root ball. This will encourage them to root into the surrounding soil, helping the tree establish, and is particularly important if the tree is root-bound.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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