The Hastings Mail - - GARDENING -

Spades with a small head are best for dig­ging holes the size a young tree needs. Large, heavy spades are a dis­in­cen­tive for peo­ple who aren’t swing­ing on them ev­ery day and Ar­bor Day is the best shot a keen tree planter will get to bring oth­ers on board with start­ing a new for­est. A tool that is sharp, clean and light will be a plea­sure to use, slic­ing through the soil like a hot knife through but­ter, rather than drag­ging an an­chor through a sea of tof­fee, which is what a heavy, large­headed spade can feel like, es­pe­cially when the soil is wet. Choos­ing a dry­ish spot for plant­ing can help also and check­ing the pro­posed plant­ing site a few days ear­lier and lay­ing a wa­ter­proof sack down, can mean that any rain that falls be­fore plant­ing day, won’t clog things up.

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