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Parent Category: Gardening
Category: Plants and Flowers
As the most prominent and long-lived in the green, trees from the framework and influence the style and choice of plant material and as such need to be carefully chosen and positioned. The importance of trees is immeasurable, not only aesthetically and for privacy, shade fruit , wood etc. but for wildlife and as a mechanism for removing pollutants from the air, providing oxygen and returning moisture and nutrients to the earth’s surface. Indigenous trees are usually better suited and more appropriate to local conditions.

Before choosing a tree, consider the characteristics needed and the site conditions. Trees will probably outlive you, so choose wisely to avoid time-wasting and expensive mistakes .

Evergreen for screening, windbreak, noise barrier, less mess.
Deciduous- shade in summer, light/ sun in winter autumn tints.
Maximum heights & spread, bearing scale of tree to property in mind.
Local growing conditions- Temperature extremes, wind, soil, and moisture.
Growth form- narrow, pyramidal, rounded or loose at the top.
Quick growing or slow to mature.
Invasive roots? Proximity to municipal services, structures, pools or paving.
Ornamental features- Flowers, fruit, bark or leaf texture/ colour.
Attracting wildlife- Food, nesting, safety, for birds and food for butterflies.
Maintenance available- Feeding , watering , pruning etc.

PLANTING

Dig a generous hole at least 3 times the width of the container and twice as deep.
Fill the hole with water, allow it to drain and repeat, soaking the subsoil.
Loosen the sub soil, add a handful of superphosphate and plenty of compost and mix.
A pipe inserted at a slight angle in the hole aids waiting at root level.
To half the removed soil add an equal amount of compost & a handful of bonemeal
Return mixture to the hole, firm well and remove enough to take the rootball.
Plant tree, ensuring that it is at the same depth as it was in it’s container .
Form a basin with remaining soil. Mulch , water well & fill pipe.
Ensure stake is firm, upright and loosely tied with a figure of 8.
Protect soft bark with a stem guard. Check ties regularly and move them. Remove stake when the tree is established.

Feeding And Watering

Water young trees slowly, deeply and regularly for the first few years.
Replenish mulch and feed with abalance fertilizer in spring & 2 or 3 times during the growing season.

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