Tree planting season has officially started. In order for a tree or tree sapling to have a good chance of survival, it is best to plant between October and April. This is because this is when the tree roots are dormant.

How to plant a tree

Firstly prepare the area you are going to plant the tree in. Use a spade to take the turf or soil out of the ground. If it is turf, turn it over and split it almost in half. Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the roots of your tree. Loosen the soil around the edges.

Hammer in a stake next to the hole. Children, make sure an adult helps you with this.

Put the tree in the hole and check the depth. The sapling comes in soil so make sure you don’t cover that soil too much more. The top of this soil should be level with the ground. If a tree is planted too deep the stem may rot, too shallow and the roots above ground will die.

Hold the tree upright and gently push the soil back into the hole, pressing it down onto the roots. Don’t compact the soil too much as this will stop water and air circulation, but make sure your tree is steady.

If your hole is in turf, put the turf back over the hole with the split either side of the young tree, grass side down. This will prevent the grass around it growing close to the tree and taking away the nutrients the tree needs.

Water your tree so it has a good start in its new home!

Cover your tree with the guard to protect it from deer, rabbits and hares. Make sure you have the guard with the flared top facing up. Guide the tree into the tube and push the bottom of the tree into the ground firmly.

Watch your tree grow and thrive into maturity!

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