How To Plant A Tree – Part 2

Many London garden centres will sell topsoil, but when you’re planting your trees and shrubs, you should generally use whatever your existing soil is, rather than carting it away and using topsoil.

The roots are fairly quickly going to go much wider than the planting hole – averaging about 2-3 times further than the drip line – so they’re going to have to get used to your soil anyway.

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How To Plant A Tree – Part 1

When I was a younger landscaper working in our London garden centre, I planted a lot of trees. If the root ball was 36 inches wide, I probably chose a planting width of about 40 inches.

That’s the way most landscapers do it, because it just saves so much time. The thing is, you’re really preparing an entire area for your shrubs and trees. If you just go for a planting width of 40 inches with straight sides for a 36 inch root ball, the roots aren’t going to be very excited about leaving that hole.

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Should You Remove The Container?

Most London garden centers will probably tell you to leave fibre pots and balled & burlapped root balls on when you plant. They may tell you to take off the lip and the bottom of fibre pots, but that’s generally all.

We used to tell people that as well, until my son started studying horticulture in great detail and learned that the world’s foremost tree experts suggest the opposite.

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