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STEP 1 >> TRIM ROOTS & WATER
Trim off any tangled or damaged roots. Immerse the roots in a bucket of water and soak for 2-6 hours. Add Seasol to the water to help reduce transplant shock.
STEP 2 >> IMPROVE SOIL & DIG A HOLE
Add organic matter to the existing soil and mix well. Dig a hole that is 60-80cm wider than the root system and to an approximate depth so that the tree will be planted to the previous depth.
HINT: Check the soil mark on the trunk of the tree and dig the hole slightly deeper.
STEP 3 >> PLANT THE TREE
Place the tree in position and back fill hole carefully. Tamp lightly with your foot to remove air pockets. Build a water basin around the tree with excess soil.
STEP 4 >> PRUNE & SHAPE
Prune any weak and/or damaged stems, ensuring a nice shape and allowing plenty of sunlight through the centre of the canopy. This is especially important for fruit trees and roses.
STEP 5 >> STAKE THE TREE
Staking a tree for the first 6-12 months can be beneficial. Use 2-3 hardwood stakes and jute webbing to support until an adequate root system has developed and the tree is able to support itself in wind.
HINT: Make sure the tree is standing straight and has movement, as this encourages strong root development. Staking should not be a long term solution.
STEP 6 >> WATER & FERTILISE
Water the tree in well and continue to water the tree deeply at least once or twice a week depending on weather conditions and the severity of its first summer. Soil should be kept moist for the first year after planting. Use a suitable slow release fertiliser in early spring.
STEP 7 >> MULCH
Apply mulch around the base of the plant to a depth of 75mm and allow it to extend to approx 1m in diameter.
HINT: Keep mulch clear of the trunk to avoid collar rot.