Planting bare root or cell grown plants is a straightforward task, however, do not attempt to plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. Find a suitable position for your plants, bearing in mind future growth and potential height and spread at maturity.
Bare rooted or cell grown plants can be 'notch' planted in 3 steps:
1. Begin by inserting the blade of a spade into the ground. Push the spade handle away from you and then bring it back towards you. Once you remove the spade, you will see that you have created a cavity or ‘notch’ in the ground.
2. For bare root - place the plant roots within the cavity and shake to ensure that all of the roots are in the cavity and pointing downwards.
For cell grown – place the cell gently into the ground. Ensure the top of the plug (the soil surrounding the roots) is positioned at 2 to 4cm below the surface to avoid drying out.
3. Fill the cavity with soil. Use your heel to firm the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets. Once planted, give them a good water if practical to do so.
You are now ready to install your support and protection.
1. After planting, position the tube on the windward side if there are strong prevailing winds, and the stake between 2cm to 5cm from the base of the plant.
2. Hammer the stake into the ground with a stake driver or mallet (ideally knocking 1/3 of its height into the ground). Ensure it is vertical (particularly important on sloping ground). The top of the stake should be below the top rim of the shelter and above the top tie wrap.
1. Position the shelter over the tree, making sure not to damage any lateral branches, positioning the releasable ties either side of the stake.
2. Gently push the shelter into the ground 1cm to 2cm. This forms a safe herbicide barrier and deters vermin from burrowing under the shelter.
3. Fasten the cable tie(s) securely but avoid overtightening to prevent undue stress on the tube wall. We recommend tucking the end of the cable tie between the stake and the tube to avoid animal nibbling or rubbing.
4. For beating up, release the tie and gently lift the tube (exercising caution as the biodegradable material weakens with age). Gently re tie the cable tie once the tube is lowered back over the plant.