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How to plant a tree

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Planting your trees might seem daunting at first but you'll soon realize it's quite easy and even enjoyable.

We encourage you to follow these simple steps when planting your trees:

  1. Select your site:
    • Make sure that your tree or shrub will have adequate room to grow. Buried services, powerlines, and other nearby objects may limit where you can plant your tree.
    • Ensure that the soil isn't too wet or too dry for your specific species.
    • Be sure that the site receives sufficient sunshine.
  2. Prepare the area - remove any grass or weeds within a 30cm (12 inch) radius of where you'll be planting your tree.
  3. Dig your hole:
    • For container stock, you only need a hole big enough to accommodate the root ball
    • For bareroot stock, you'll need a hole big enough to ensure you can arrange the roots naturally in the hole (not curled around the bottom or pointing back at the surface).
  4. Fertilize your tree [optional] - you may add bonemeal at the bottom of the hole to enhance growth. Just add the amount prescribed on the package and mix it thoroughly with the soil at the bottom of your hole.
  5. plant your tree - place the seedling in the hole with the stem standing straight up and with the root collar at ground level.
    • For a container seedling, ensure that the plug is not bent or curved and that there is no space between the bottom of the plug and the earth below.
    • For a bareroot seedling, ensure that the roots spread out and are arranged in a natural downward orientation
  6. Water and fill the hole - moisten the soil and fill your hole back in around the roots. Press firmly on the soil around the stem. The roots should be completely covered. Be sure that the first branches of the seedling are not covered.
  7. Water the area - water thoroughly after planting but do not drown your tree if the soil is poorly-drained.

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