Pete's 7 tips on plant­ing out

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

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.

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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.

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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.

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