Pete's 7 tips on planting out
1 Don't get too fancy on bare sites. Plant for shelter. Once those trees have reached a good height, fill in the gaps. 2 Look around at the immediate environment to see what natives are growing and what is thriving. 3 Scrutinise climactic factors, especially rainfall and wind. 4 Check out your soil. Mortality rates increase in areas that are too wet or too dry.
Think texture, colour and layering, eg native grasses in the front followed by lower growing shrubs and trees like hebe and kowhai, backed by cabbage trees and larger, taller species. 6 Plant larger specimens in groups of three for good effect.
Look after what you plant, especially smaller grade plants that come out of root trainers. Use corflute tree guards (450 size) to protect the seedlings and throw a grow tab in every hole before you plant. Weed around the trees and feed them a bit of fertiliser in autumn and spring.
Lots of people want to plant trees to encourage native birds.