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Helpful Tips

When to Plant - Early spring is the best time to plant your trees and shrubs. Plant as soon as the soil is thawed or dry enough to be worked with. If you live in an area where the ground does not freeze during the winter, it is best to plant your shrubs in the autumn. The mixture of warm soil and cool air slows top growth early on, allowing the roots to become better established and grow deeper.


Plant Depth - Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball, but two times its width. This added width allows the roots to spread laterally and offers a softer soil base for early growth. Set plants so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the soil.


Watering - Always water the tree/shrub the day before you plant to be sure the root ball is moist and healthy. After planting, water your trees/shrubs regularly during the first year to ensure the roots are well established and grow to their potential.


Fertiliser - Feed at the beginning of the growing season, especially while the plant matures during the first three to five years. For best results, use a timed-release product that feeds gradually for three to six months.


Mulch - To reduce weeds, conserve moisture and insulate the soil use one to two inches of bark or pine needles as organic mulch for your shrubs.

Trees and Shrubs Planting Tips
The type of tool used for planting is largely a matter of personal preference. However, the uniform and compact nature of the root plug does mean that a smaller spade than is used for bare-root stock can be used. Whichever tool is used it is important to ensure that the top of the root plug is covered by at least 1-2cms of the planting medium and the soil firmed around the rootplug.
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