Trees offer so much, they are three dimensional, they are fantastic focal points in small and large gardens and when they grow they can greatly reduce the wind speed hitting the home.
With so many great advantages that trees offer our gardens, it’s surprising more people don’t choose to plant trees. This is often due to the fact that they believe it’s hard work to keep a tree for its entire life. Trees grow too many sizes, they also have various life spans, but keeping them and caring for them is much easier than you may have initially thought.
The first step to planting trees in your garden is the reasoning behind it. Are you planting them to form a barrier to your neighbours? Are you looking to add privacy, shade or just a great focal point? Maybe you’re interested in growing trees with fruit that your family can enjoy from time to time.
After you have looked at the types of trees you would like to have, you need to look at the two main types of trees, deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees tend to lose their leaves in the autumn, offering you a spectacular display of colour as they fall to the ground. At the same time these trees do require you do some garden maintenance, constantly raking up the dead leaves and disposing of them.
Evergreen trees on the other hand don’t lose their leaves; they remain full throughout the year and are often firm favourites. Then you have the fruit trees, you can choose apples, oranges, lemons and so many more. These are great for most family gardens, enabling you to enjoy the fruit free of charge and make a selection of jams and other great treats for the family.
But where do you start? Have you planted a tree before? Well after you have selected your tree, you will need to decide where to place it. Placement is very important, some trees thrive in the sunshine while others will wilt and prefer the cooler shady areas. Once you have determined where to place your tree it’s time to get ready for it.
Dig a deep hole, the hole will need to be wide enough to fit not only the tree trunk but the roots as well. You cannot push the roots in with the trunk and hope they will be ok, they need space from the minute they go in, if the tree you have chosen have long roots that span a metre in length, you will need to dig a deep hole that is a metre in diameter.
This is so important from the start, placing a tree in a hole too small can result in the roots breaking off, weakening the tree or growing out of the top of the soil desperately looking for somewhere to go.
Once you carefully lift your new tree into place you can start compacting the soil around the trunk. Don’t push it down to hard, pat it lightly and let it settle on its own. You shouldn’t need to add compost just yet, pack the soil in layers, and so that the tree and roots can be completely covered and patted down to offer them strength until they dig in and strengthen them.
Water and Composting
Start by watering your tree at least once a week; be sure that the roots are never dry as this will also weaken the tree. When placing compost around the tree be sure to add it at least ten centimetres from the trunk and mix it lightly into the top layer of soil. Compost gives off heat which in turn can burn the roots, so only add to the top layer to allow the nutrients to be absorbed.
Apple trees are a super fruit tree addition to any garden, they are fun for the children to watch grown and collect the fruit which they can then enjoy.