Good planting comes with good ground preparation. Ensure preparation is completed in advance so the ground is ready to go as soon as moisture levels are present.

Water your trees well before planting and plant them deep, around 3 to 8 cm above the plug, depending on the plug and the size. This gets the roots down to the moisture and stops the plug acting as a wick, sucking moisture out. Firm trees in with your foot to stop browsing animals pulling them out or wind damage.

Fertilize after planting. Fertilizing is essential to getting your trees up and growing in the first year. Remember, however, that if your weed control is no good - you will also be feeding the weeds.

Wendy Dawes