Grow a tree, 10 tips to test

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1. The Right Time to Plant a Tree

If your roots are naked, wait until November to plant your trees and shrubs. For clod plans, wait until the end of the winter. Same thing to transplant a tree, it is best to wait until the end of autumn, just before winter.

2. Dig the holes several weeks before planting

It is important to dig a hole at least three times as wide as the roots of your tree or the clod of your shrub. Dig your hole several weeks before planting your tree.

3. Observe your hole well

During these few weeks, check if your hole keeps a lot of water when there are rain showers. If this is the case, the chosen location is too wet for your tree to grow well. It is better to find another place where your tree will have difficulty growing well and being healthy.

4. Reduce the branches of the tree

Cut each branch of the tree to 1/3 of its length. It will help a lot to grow your tree in the first year of its life. Be careful not to damage your tree by cutting the branches with a wrong tool or the wrong way. Check with a professional to be sure to cut branches as required.

You can also visit the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada site where a section on tree growth and maintenance is available. You will find important information about pruning trees and shrubs.

5. Cut the wrong roots

If your tree has damaged roots, it will be important to cut them in order not to weaken your tree. This will increase the chance of your tree growing faster and above all healthier.

6. Pralining the Roots

Place roots in gardening praline. Pralin is the ideal blend to protect and perfectly hydrate the roots of the tree. This will prevent the roots from being in contact with the air and dry out once planted in the ground. This really is a good trick to help the tree grow.

7. A tutor to help the tree grow well

It is important to plant in the hole a guard that will allow the tree to grow straight. Provide a tutor 2 to 3 times the height of your tree to allow the tree to grow straight during the first years of its life.

8. Increase the quality of the land

Add a little soil, chisel or compost to the top soil to make it better and more enriched for your tree. Simple and effective to help a tree grow well. Do not hesitate to add 2 to 3 times a year the fertilizer designed to promote the growth of trees.

9. Water the tree well

Tap the soil with your feet close to the tree and water it regularly. The soil should be kept moist during the next few weeks to increase the chances of your tree growing healthy.

10. Plant other trees

The land needs trees. Do not hesitate to plant other trees in order to offer nature new green elements. Also, a tree means life, so why not surround your home with trees and shrubs.

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