How To grow Trees Successfully
You may have a large area around your home, which you feel is bare, and would like to start growing trees. Putting in any old sapling into the ground may not give you the results you want, but your vision can come true with some proper planning.
Taking steps to ensure you are putting in the right kind of tree for the climate, soil and sun availability, is vital. This can make the difference between the trees flourishing and surviving, to just limping along and slowly putting out some leaves.
Here are some things to consider and decisions to make before you start:
1. You may want to start with choosing the tree, but this will depend considerably on the spot you have to plant the tree. Is there a lot of suns, if not you may have to go with an under-story tree. Take a close look at the plot and find suitable trees for the spots available. Make sure there are no lines or buildings that will interfere with the growing tree.
2. Check on the Ph of the soil, and compare it with the needs of the trees you have chosen. There is a lot of reference material available that will tell you the Ph parameters that each tree needs. If needed, alter the Ph balance of the soil, this will help to ensure the growing trees do well.
3. Once you have the spot and choose your tree, you are ready to dig the hole. The hole needs to be about two or three times as large as the root ball. Partially fill the hole with compost or rich topsoil, mixing in pine bark mulch gives nitrogen.
4. Take the sapling out of its pot or sack, and place it into the hole. Add the rest of the soil that is rich with compost, and make it the same level as the ground around it. Water it well, and continue to water it once a day, or twice if you see the soil has dried, for the first week. Once it is established, just water as needed for the first year.
5. To help it grow straight, in the initial stages, you may need to put in a stake in the tree. Tie the stake loosely to the tree, so that it does not hinder the growth of the tree. It is usually necessary to leave the stake in until the roots are well established, which is about one year.