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How to Plant a Tree!

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

Chinese proverb

What you need

  • A young plant
  • Gardening gloves
  • A garden trowel or spade
  • A bucket
  • Watering can and water


  • Mulch
  • A plastic or cardboard tree guard
  • 3 stakes


Select a suitable planting spot that is protected (won’t be trampled by people or balls) and where the ground is not too hard.

Select a plant. Check the mature size and what conditions it needs: full sun, shade, filtered light, is it drought-tolerant etc? It’s important that you match the right plant to your planting spot.
Clear the area of weeds and give the ground a little water to make it easier to dig.

Now you are ready to plant!

Planting guide


Top Tip

Keep checking, watering and weeding over the following weeks, months and years because plants need care and attention just like you!