Trees add height and color to a garden and look stunning planted in a beautifully mown lawn and underplanted with bulbs. Choose trees that provide more than one period of interest in the year, such as blossoms in spring, berries in late summer, foliage with fall color, and attractive bark for winter.
watering can or gardening hose
large gardening shovel
well-rotted manure or garden compost
Give the tree a good watering prior to planting. Those in containers are available to buy all year round, but some trees can be bought bare root and should be planted during fall and winter.
Dig a hole at least twice the circumference of the tree's container. Be careful not to dig deeper than the depth of the root ball. Don't loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole however, because this could cause the tree to sink after planting.
Use a bamboo cane to ensure that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding ground. Adjust the depth accordingly; if the hole is too deep, replace some of the soil.
Remove the tree from its container, and gently tease out the outer roots. Water the hole well, and then place the tree back into it. Gradually replace the soil, watering as you go.
Drive a wooden stake into the ground next to the tree. Keep the stake at an angle of 45 degrees. Position it on the side of the tree that faces the prevailing wind, ensuring that it doesn't damage the roots. Attach it using a tree tie.
Use well-rotted manure or a good quality garden compost; this helps to suppress weeds and to retain moisture. Keep the mulch away from the trunk to prevent it from rotting.
Young trees will need watering almost every day for their first few months, especially during spring and summer, until they are fully established in the ground.