The best time to plant trees and shrubs are between October and April, as they will not need as much as watering as they would during the summer months. As bare-root plants and rootballed trees are only avalible during the autumn/winter times it is essential they are planted straight away, however you can still heel them meaiing they are tomporaily planted to prevent the roots from drying out.
How to plant large Trees and Shrubs
To prepare the soil you are going to plant your tree/shrub in:
Loosen the soil to improve drainage and reduce compaction
Add fertiliser and organic matter to your soil to improve fertility
Now that the soil is prepared, you should be ready to plant your tree:
Remove the fabric or bag from around the roots (unless specified not to)
Tease out the roots to see how big you need to dig the planting hole
Dig the planting hole no deeper than the roots, but make the diameter three times bigger than the root system
Place the tree within the hole
Use a stake if it is required, especially if the tree is top heavy
Refill the hole making sure to get rid of all the air pockets
Now firm up the soil ensuring not to compact the soil
Remember we stock big trees and shrubs at our Nursery located in Cleobury Mortimer, open Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm.