Gardening video: How to plant a tree video
You will need:
- Club hammer
- Organic compost
A tree will add structure to your garden, while encouraging birds and insects to visit. If you plant a fruit tree, you'll also be able to enjoy a harvest once it's established. You'll also be able to sit back and relax in its shade as it gets bigger. Just remember to give it lots of hugs to get it growing!
Time to complete the job: 1 hour
Step 1: Dig a hole for your tree
Start by digging a hole about twice the size of your tree's root ball.
Mix organic compost with the soil from the hole. A 50/50 mix is good.
Put two or three inches of the soil/compost mix back into the hole.
Step 2: Add a stake to support your tree
Trees need a little support in the early years of their lives, so you'll need to tie it to a stake. Drive the stake into the hole slightly off-centre.
Tip: Always put the stake in before you plant the tree, or you'll damage the roots.
Step 3: Plant
Free the tree from its pot gently. Using your hands, carefully loosen up the root ball. Place the tree in the centre of the hole. Fill in the hole using your soil/compost mix.
Step 4: Step on
Once the hole is fairly full, use the heel of your boot to pack the earth solidly into place. Use proper tree ties to tie the tree to the stake. One near the top and one near the bottom of the tree should do it.
Shovel some more compost around the top of the hole. Give the tree a good soaking.
Tip: Always use proper tree ties to support a tree. String or garden twine can damage the trunk or kill the tree.