When starting your own orchard or tree garden, you wouldn’t want to start by using a seed. There are many complications that will go in between the growing process. In fact, it will take you almost twice the amount of time to grow your arbour and you will barely get the fruits of your labour.
Instead, you would want saplings of advanced trees that you can put on the ground to start. There are a few steps that you need to follow to do so.
Prepare a Planting Hole
The entire process of planting pre-worked saplings is long and enduring, requiring multiple steps to fulfil. The first step is to prepare a planting hole where you would put your new tree into.
When it comes to advanced trees, you will see that there is a significant root ball on the bottom. Dig holes that are at least thrice in diameter as the root ball to create a lot of loose soil where the plant can work.
The hole should be sloping, similar to a crater with loose soil around it. What this does is to allow a larger volume of loose soil for the sapling, letting carbon dioxide, water and nutrients to properly penetrate the root ball without suffocating the plant itself. Loose soil helps in good water penetration for rapid growth.
The depth of the hole should be only as deep as the root ball itself. This is a common mistake for first-time planters as this can lead to less healthy overall characteristics and stunted growth speed that may result in the eventual death of the sapling.
Keep Hydrating the Root Ball
Prior to planting the tree, you would need to keep hydrating the root ball around 3 to 4 times to ensure that the plant has enough water before butting laid down. Since you can expect the roots to be mushed into a circle, it’s best to make around 3 to 4 cuts at around 24 to 25 cm long, which clocks between 9 to 10 inches in imperial standards. What this does is prevent the possibility of stagnation around the area of the root itself.
Prune the Roots
Advanced trees should have their roots pruned if the root circling is too dense or extensive. Once this happens, you would need to monitor the watering of the tree, even more, right after you plant it. Creating dents in the ball helps promote new root growth for easier water consumption.
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