The trees we love are Water Berry (Syzygium cordatum), Red Beech (Protorhus longifolia) and Black Mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza). Whether you’ll be planting these or other trees, it’s important to remember a few basics:
Before you plant
- Make sure you choose a tree that suits your needs – do you want evergreen foliage, do you want it to attract birds to your garden, or do you want it to provide privacy?
- Look for a tree with a sturdy trunk and well-developed lower branches. Taller isn’t always better.
- Avoid trees with signs of pests and diseases. Check on top of and underneath the leaves of the tree.
When you plant
- Dig a hole measuring roughly 60cm x 60cm.
- Add two handfuls of compost and half a cup each of bonemeal and 2:3:2 fertiliser to the hole. Return some of the top soil to the hole, mix in well and fill up the hole with water.
- Plant the tree at the same depth as it was in its packaging.
- Firmly press down the soil around the trunk and water well.
Words and image: Fairlady magazine