6 tips to ensure your new plants establish, thrive and flourish

The new planting season is in full throes and whether you’ve received your plants or are thinking about ordering, you might want to run through a little Tree Care Checklist in preparation.   Here are 6 tips to ensure your plants establish, thrive and flourish. It’s really important that newly planted trees, shrubs and hedges are properly cared for in the first few seasons after planting.   You want your young plants to reach their full potential, so this early years’ care regime is vital for good root growth, right from Day One. To ensure your plants thrive, survive and grow to their full potential, we’ve compiled a Tree Care Checklist:

  1. Keep the area around your new plant weed-free to allow light, moisture and nutrients to reach it.  Use a weed-suppressing mat, weed by hand or strim.  It’s best to avoid using herbicides in the first couple of years’ of a new plants life, if at all possible.
  2. Shield your tree, particularly if you choose to use herbicides for weed control once the plants are established, to ensure the chemicals don’t come into contact with the plant itself.  Use tree protection to prevent this, but do NOT use any weedkillers applied to bare ground – research has shown this to risk stunting plant growth.
  3. Plants should be well watered in any dry spells during the first few years after planting – and that’s a thorough soaking rather than a little to each plant.  Roots searching for a little dribble of water may surface instead of sending them deep into the soil for water – where they can thrive.  You could also use Broadleaf P4 Water Storing Granules to reduce watering frequency by up to 75%.
  4. Feed me!  From November to April, give your plants the best possible start by using Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi to enhance their root systems.
  5. Protect from pests – as well as shielding your plants from chemicals, use tree protection to prevent unwanted nibbling from rabbits and deer.  This will also help create a healthy microclimate around the plant and keep it shielded from harsh weather conditions.  Keep it warm and moist and you’ll encourage the healthiest of growth
  6. Check that your tree is safe and sound, at least once a year, making sure stakes, ties and tree protection products are secure and properly adjusted.

You’ll receive our free Plant Welfare Guide with your order, providing with all the planting advice you will need to get your planting projects off to the healthiest of starts – and ensuring they flourish.  You can also download a copy here.

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