Plant Trees In Late Winter

Gardening in Lancashire can be tough at the best of times, but particularly in the winter.

You should be getting some well-earned rest right now, but if you want any trees to be
planted in your garden then you should be looking at planting them as soon as possible.

Trees are planted in the winter when they are dormant to prevent as much damage as
possible to the root ball when they are being transferred. It also means they are in the soil
ready for when the soil warms up so they can send out their new roots as early as possible.

If you are planning on planting a tree this winter follow the following steps:

  1. Soak the root ball in a bucket of water before planting. Tres are sold with the root
    ball intact but out of the soil. Rehydrate them so they are flexible and don’t break
    when going into the soil, so they unfurl and also to ensure they are as hydrated as
    possible and don’t dry out.
  2. Dig a hole at least one metre deep and one metre wide. You can fill it up with the soil you dug out and any additional compost you have.
  3. Plant up to the join. You will be able to see a point at which the root stock has been grated onto the tree. The soil line should just cover this.
  4. Add a stake to protect your young tree from the elements, and if possible some
    fleece. It is still cold out there.

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