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Advice on oak tree (approx 2m tall, 12 litre pot) we'll be transplanting from pot to garden for the first time in August. So far, our steps are:

 

- soak the roots in the pot before transplanting 

- dig planting hole square and twice the diameter of the pot, break up bottom and sides of hole with garden fork

- tease roots from root ball and put tree level in hole with root ball slightly above ground level 

- fill the hole with the excavated soil (no compost/fertiliser?), firm soil and water thoroughly

- stake tree at a 45-degree angle to trunk

- mulch around the tree (bark or grass chippings?), lower near trunk

- In spring, fertilise and renew layer of mulch 

 

Do you think there's anything I have missed/doing wrong here? 

 

Thanks in advance. 

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6 hours ago, Aaron3018 said:

Advice on oak tree (approx 2m tall, 12 litre pot) we'll be transplanting from pot to garden for the first time in August. So far, our steps are:

 

- soak the roots in the pot before transplanting 

- dig planting hole square and twice the diameter of the pot, break up bottom and sides of hole with garden fork

- tease roots from root ball and put tree level in hole with root ball slightly above ground level 

- fill the hole with the excavated soil (no compost/fertiliser?), firm soil and water thoroughly

- stake tree at a 45-degree angle to trunk

- mulch around the tree (bark or grass chippings?), lower near trunk

- In spring, fertilise and renew layer of mulch 

 

Do you think there's anything I have missed/doing wrong here? 

 

Thanks in advance. 

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Sounds like you know wot yr doing Aaron,   would probably add bucket of sharp sand to backfill, mulch is important to keep soil moisture balance. K

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A chap that I know that plants trees in dry / stoney / light soil (effectively soil that won't hold much moisture) also a runs a vertical length of drainage pipe at the outer edge of the hole for the tree.

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This black PVC flexible coil pipe from FloPlast is ideal for carrying waste safely and cleanly away from your home.

 

You might want to fence around the tree as well to try and keep livestock and pests off the tree.

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