USE A SHARP SPADE FOR PLANTING TREES
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.