PETER SEABROOK

There’s a lot to learn about plant­ing big trees

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

1 When trans­plant­ing bare root fa­gus (beech) trees and hedg­ing, never let the roots get dry – if you do suc­cess will be com­pro­mised.

2 Don’t give up on cratae­gus (thorn) if it’s slow to break into growth af­ter trans­plant­ing. It can hap­pily re­main dor­mant for 12 months be­fore grow­ing away.

3 You can check for life in trees and shrubs by scratch­ing the bark, if it’s green be­low the sur­face woody plants are still alive.

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