How to plant a tree

There are few things more satisfying than planting a tree in the garden and watching it grow over the years. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also provide homes for wildlife, lock up carbon and combat flooding. Autumn is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. The ground is still warm helping to establish strong roots.

To give your tree the best possible start, always use Rootgrow. Rootgrow helps establish a huge secondary root system aiding water and nutrient uptake. This supports the tree for its entire life from one application.


  • Potted tree(s)
  • Bucket of water
  • Spade & fork
  • Stake and tree tie
  • Bark chippings
  • Peat free compost
  • Rootgrow

Stage 1

Dig a hole three times as wide and a little deeper than the pot. Loosen the soil using a fork.








Stage 2

Soak the root ball in water… you should see it bubble as the air is forced out!







Stage 3

Place some compost in the base of the hole and add some Rootgrow on top of it. The Rootgrow must make physical contact with the roots. Top tip – apply some Rootgrow by hand to the sides of the root ball while it is wet so that it sticks!


Stage 4

Place the tree in the hole making sure the point where the roots meet the trunk is level with the soil surface. This is very important as trees planted too deep are very vulnerable to disease. Backfill with compost, firming as you go.






Stage 5

Water in thoroughly.








Stage 6

Mulch with bark chippings but leave a gap of a few inches around the base of the tree.







Stage 7

Hammer a stake in at an angle on the windward side so that it crosses the tree about a quarter to a third of the way from the bottom of the trunk. The tree will blow away from the stake, reducing rubbing. Once the tree has established roots (usually one to two years), the stake can be removed.






Stage 8

Secure the tree to the stake using a tree tie. It should not be too tight as this will cause damage as the tree grows, it should be just loose enough to grant some trunk movement in the wind.






Stage 9

Enjoy your tree!

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