Bare root tree - Jubilee Woods
- Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the roots of the tree. The extra space below and at the sides will be in-filled; but, having been loosened, will help the roots establish.
- Square holes are better than round ones as tree roots can go round in circles if unable to break out of a round hole (yes, seriously!).
- Back-fill the hole a little so the tree will be exactly the same height in the ground as it was at the nursery. If a tree is planted too deep the stem may rot; too shallow and the roots above ground will die.
- Put the tree in the hole and replace the soil, firming it down all around the tree. The roots must be immobilised, so it’s essential the tree is not loose in the ground.
- Use the heel of your boot to firm the soil as you back-fill, but do not compact the soil until it is like concrete, as this prevents water and air circulation, causing roots to die.
- Water the tree and cover the soil with a good heap of mulch (e.g. 6-month-old woodchip)
- For Barchams trees only – (includes planting kit from them)
- Growing your tree from seed http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/packs/seed_planting_kit.htm