How to plant out a con­tainer-grown fruit tree

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

1 Clear the plant­ing area of weeds and de­bris, and dig a hole as deep as and slightly wider than the tree’s con­tainer root­ball.

2 Fork up the bot­tom and sides of the hole to help the roots spread and add some well-rot­ted ma­nure or com­post.

3 Af­ter stand­ing the tree in wa­ter for as long as pos­si­ble, slide it from its con­tainer and gen­tly tease out any cir­cling roots.

4 Place it in the hole. Hold­ing it straight, in­fill with soil and com­post. Tread down the ground to firm it in and sup­port the tree.

5 Add a stake and se­cure the tree us­ing a rub­ber tie. Make sure it does not chafe the bark and lets the tree move in the wind.

6 Wa­ter well and add a 3in (7cm) layer of mulch. Don’t let your tree dry out, keep its root area weeded and watch for pests.

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