Bird Watching (UK) - - Photo Feature David Tipling -

LIZ POT­TER Ed­i­tor, Gar­den An­swers Fruit-bear­ing or­na­men­tal cher­ries are an at­trac­tive source of early blos­som for pol­li­na­tors and sum­mer fruit for birds. When plant­ing one, add in plenty of or­ganic mat­ter to the plant­ing hole and wa­ter well. Add a stake at 45° to pre­vent any wind from rock­ing the plant and mak­ing the roots loose. Try to keep the lawn from en­croach­ing on the trunk – it will com­pete for mois­ture while the young tree is get­ting es­tab­lished. You will have mulched the tree with well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter in late win­ter (Fe­bru­ary) and fed with a gen­eral fer­tiliser. Keep trees well wa­tered while they’re es­tab­lish­ing and pro­tect the flow­ers from frost us­ing a large sheet of hor­ti­cul­tural fleece. You may not see fruit un­til the tree is about two to four years old.

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