How to plant an Andyn Farm Tree!

  1. Site Preparation: To plant a tree successfully, it’s important to prepare the soil properly. First, ensure the soil has enough air and moisture for the tree to thrive. You will be aiming to dig a hole as deep as the rootball and loosen the surrounding soil thoroughly. Enhance the soil’s quality by adding organic matter such as compost, which provides essential nutrients. If the area where you plan to plant the tree is waterlogged, choose tree varieties that can tolerate wet soil conditions. Alternatively, you can improve drainage by employing various techniques to remove excess water. These steps will create a favourable environment for your tree to establish strong roots and grow healthily.
  2. Handle the Rootball: Before planting, soak the rootball of the tree in a big tub of water mixed with 30 grams of sugar. This step ensures the roots are well-hydrated, providing a healthy start for the tree. Additionally, gently loosen any tightly packed roots to encourage them to grow outward. This promotes better integration with the soil, allowing the tree to establish itself more effectively.
  3. Dig the Hole: Dig a hole that is three times wider than the rootball and of the same depth. A square hole is preferable for optimal tree establishment. Loosen the soil around the sides of the hole with a fork if necessary.
  4. Position the Tree: Place the tree in the hole, ensuring the point where the roots meet the trunk is at the same level as the soil surface. Use a cane or piece of wood to assess the tree’s upright position, making sure that its not too tilted. Adjust if needed.
  5. Refill and Firm the Soil: Refill the hole around the rootball and amongst the rootball if necessary, firming down the soil with your heel to eliminate air pockets. Double-check that the stem is still upright and level with the surface after refilling the hole.
  6. Protect the Tree: Fit a tree guard or spiral around the base of the trunk if there’s a risk of wildlife damage, especially from rabbits. This protection helps the tree bark remain intact and unharmed.
  7. Water and Mulch: Water the tree thoroughly to soak its rootball, ensuring proper hydration. Spread a layer of organic mulch, about 5-8cm (2-3 inches) thick, over the soil surface. Leave a gap of 10cm (4 inches) around the trunk to prevent rotting.
  8. Stake the Tree: Insert a sturdy stake at a 45-degree angle using a mallet, anchoring it deeply into the ground. Attach the trunk to the stake with a flexible tree tie, allowing the upper trunk to flex and strengthen while keeping the base steady.
  9. Regular Maintenance: Water the tree well initially and consistently check moisture levels, especially during dry periods, for the first one or two years to support healthy growth. Taking care not to over water (waterlog) the area during wetter periods, check individual tree needs for water requirements. Check the stake and tree tie annually, gradually loosening the tie as the trunk expands. Keep the stake in place for 2-3 years until the tree is firmly rooted.
  10. Mulch and Watering: Top up the mulch annually to maintain soil moisture, improve nutrients, and suppress weeds. Continue regular watering, adapting to weather conditions and the tree’s specific needs. Proper mulching and watering contribute significantly to the tree’s long-term health and stability.