Tree planting and establishment
Choosing good quality specimens, planting them correctly and looking after them for the first few years are crucial to successful tree establishment.
Large trees are much harder to establish than small trees. This applies equally to trees that are being transplanted as to newly purchased specimens.
Feeding: Trees are not demanding and in most cases annual feeding with 50-100g per sq m (1½-3oz sq yd) of general-purpose fertiliser every late winter will suffice.
Mulching: Trees benefit from mulching to suppress weeds, provide nutrients, improve soil conditions and conserve moisture. Trees are usually mulched in late winter, after any fertiliser application, to conserve winter moisture reserves in the soil before the spring and summer.
Watering: Although newly planted trees initially need careful watering, once established they usually need little water.
Reversion and Sporting: Remove reverted shoots promptly.
Suckers: Remove any shoots arising from below grafts or from the roots.
For more detailed information on the above jobs, see the following advice profiles.