Summer Newsletter 2017
All the trees planted during this past winter should be well leafed up by now. Spring and early Summer is a great time to make sure your trees are ready for the heat and dry of Summer by making sure they are weed free around their bases to stop competition for water. Applying a thick layer of mulch at this time will also help slow the soil drying out. It is a great time to do a little pruning especially for trees that have been in for a year or 2. For farm trees prune off lower branches that may interfere with fences and any other branches that may compete with the central leader will help keep good form.
Once again ‘Oak Valley Cottage’ is available for overnight stays, starting from $150 for 2.
Dan and Mary
HANDLING AND PLANTING TIPS
We will ring you a day or two before we start on your order to make sure you are ready for it. Once we have made contact we will dig your trees out of the ground and store them in their bundles. If you are picking them up on an open trailer please bring a tarp, a large piece of plastic or something similar to cover the roots.
- Keep roots covered and out of direct sunlight
- If it is not possible to plant the trees immediately heel them into the corner of your garden/vegetable garden.
- Keep roots moist (not saturated, putting them in a trough is too much of a good thing) and out of the sun. Hose them with water, sit damp newspaper or a blanket over them at the back of a shed if heeling them in is not an option.
- Dig a hole slightly bigger than the root system, plant the tree only as deep as it has been in the ground previously.
- The best start for trees is to keep a good .5m clear of grass around its base, this can be achieved by spraying and mulching.
- Slow release fertiliser tablets are really beneficial to give your trees a good start and make sure they have all the nutrients they need, particularly in clay soils.
NO DOGS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE NURSERY PLEASE