Thursday, January 19, 2012
Some tree-planting facts
Any subsoil that is excavated as part of digging will need to be removed completely. Once digging has finished, the hole should be filled with irrigation water to ensure that the pit will drain freely after planting.
At the time of planting, make a hole that is large enough to take your tree's root ball, and ensure that the tree's collar line (the line of contact between the soil and stem) is at the same level as the surrounding ground.
Form a circular watering basin slightly larger than the planting hole. Water the tree thoroughly during and after planting.
Mulch the surface of the tree pit to a depth of at least 50mm with a product such as chipped pine bark. This helps to retain moisture in the soil by reducing the amount of water that is lost through evaporation.
Source: The National