Editorial - plant a tree to beautify

It was National Tree Day on July 30 and, like many others, I planted a tree. We have planted a tree on this day every year for the past 25 or so years. Whatever the reason, it is not too late to plant one. Follow this simple.

Place a tree guard around to protect it from rabbits, possums and digging and damage by dogs and cats.

Place a tree guard around to protect it from rabbits, possums and digging and damage by dogs and cats.

Step 1: The hole should be twice as deep and twice as wide as the pot in which the plant is placed. Fill the hole with water and let it soak away before you put your plant in.

Step 2: Soak the pot the seedling is in by placing the plant pot in a bucket of water until it stops bubbling (just make sure you don’t put the entire plant under water! Leave the leaves poking out).

Step 3: Remove the plant from the container. Be careful not to touch or crush the roots too much. The soil and root ball should come away from the pot easily.

Step 4: Backfill soil. When your seedling is in its hole, push soil back in all around the seedling’s roots, making sure you fill it in on all sides. Make a small ‘bowl’ around the plant to collect any rain that may fall. Always water to settle the soil and get rid of any air pockets.

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