Planting a tree is a future investment for many years to come. How well your investment grows and prospers depends upon appropriate selection of species and location, how carefully you plant your tree and the care you give afterwards.
Trees should be planted during the dormant season in the Autumn after the leaves have fallen or in early spring. During this time the weather conditions are cool and plants can establish their roots in their new location before spring rain and summer warmth stimulate new growth. If trees are healthy they can be planted all through the growing seasons long as appropriate care is given.
Trees lose a large amount of their root system when dug out at the nursery. Because of this, trees usually suffer from ‘transplant shock’. This causes slowed growth and reduced vitality after transplanting. Proper preparation of your site, careful handling to minimise root damage, and suitable aftercare reduces transplant shock and makes for faster recovery.
Follow the steps below to help your tree establish and prosper in its new location.