How do I plant a tree or shrub?

How to plant a tree or shrub?

  1. Remove plants from containers 
  2. Tease out and spread the roots with your fingers 
  3. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system. NB. A common cause of problems is when a plant or tree is planted too deeply or too shallow. Soil should not touch the bark or stem. 
  4. If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting
  5. With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface
  6. Place the plant in the planting hole
  7. Refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets
  8. Firm the soil gently, avoiding compacting the soil into a hard mass.
  9. Water in generously especially in the warmer, drier months.