When you plant your tree, think about the type of soil you are planting into, and how deep you will plant the root ball. Dig a hole no bigger than three times the size of the root ball, and ensure it is sat on solid soil. The aim is to produce a wide and shallow space for the tree to develop. The amount of light the tree will receive in its infancy is crucial too.
Consider the size of the tree when fully grown – We know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it is staggering the number of trees that have to be cut down because size hasn’t been taken into account.
You need to consider light and space issues in your garden, but must also consider what goes on below ground. Roots can spread far and wide, so you need to ensure your house (or your neighbours) won’t be compromised. Root damage can be extremely costly, but can also provide a handy route for rodents and insects to breach your home.
When planting taller trees, you may also want to consider any power and telephone lines that may be close to your garden. You may end up having to prune your tree regularly, giving it an unnatural shape and maybe even shortening its lifespan.
If you plan on planting multiple trees, or maybe already have one, then you should be aware of the size they will grow to. You don’t want the trees to interfere with each other’s growth. You could end up with one dominating the other, or even worse two trees that don’t develop to their full potential.
Consider what type of wildlife you want to attract to your garden. Fruit trees are excellent at persuading birds to visit your garden, and some, like the crab apple tree, hold their fruit until winter when food is scarce. If you have other vegetables and plants in your garden, then a mulberry tree is great to distract birds from your main crops.
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