Fir Tree Planting Instructions – A Vigorous Garden
If you want to add extra permanent color to your garden, then a fir tree is a good idea. Besides the fact its rich top can be a very good screen ensuring your intimacy, especially if you choose to plant a couple of them, its permanent green color brings a pleasant contrast and full of optimism during the bleak winter days. Here are some fir tree planting instructions, a generally simple process, easy to carry out, but producing long term effects.
Regardless whether you had it in a pot before or you bought from a nursery, transplanting the tree is recommended to be done in autumn or spring. If you choose to plant it in autumn, then do it over the October-November period, over the vegetative rest. If you want to do it in spring, then you have to do it before the tree bursts into buds, which is by the end of April, mid-May the latest if you went through a hard long winter.
Keep in mind that the fir tree roots grow sideways, expanding under the surface of the ground, and not deep. For this reason, when you dig the hole, make sure it has a diameter at least the circumference of the branches. Also, dig a hole days before planting the tree and mulch it for a better development of the seedling. At the same time, a general rule which applies to all the planted trees, keep the roots into a mixture of clay and water for the tree to take firm roots easier.
Hold the tree by the trunk with one hand and gently push the bottoms of the roots into the very bottom of the trench with your other hand, and then pull the tree back up to ground level [if necessary] to prevent the roots from curling upwards and to get the tree at the right planting height. Once in the trench, pour a quart or more of water into the trench, allow the water to drain down a bit, and then push the trench shut with your boot.
If you plant in an area with strong winds, make sure you attach a trellis to the tree until catching firm roots in the ground. If the cold weather settles in too soon, then cover the base of the tree with tree barks or a heap of soil to protect the roots from freezing. Stop watering the seedling if the temperatures go below zero degrees, but water anytime they go up again.
Sources: Starkl.ro, Magazinuldebrazi.ro, Nurserymen.com