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There are certain times of the year which lend themselves perfectly to getting new plants into your garden, and autumn is one of these. Even if you have only had your new home for a few months, you should get natives planted now so they are looking strong and drought-hardy before next summer arrives. These tips will help give your native trees the best chance at thriving in your back garden.
Why plant natives in autumn?
There are two main reasons why the start of autumn is best for getting native plants in the ground:
Once you have chosen the plants you want, then it is time to prepare the garden for planting.
Preparing the ground for planting
The best news about planting natives is they are already accustomed to the local soil. This acclimation means you do not need to make vigorous changes to the existing soil for natives to grow well.
Make a hole in the ground which is the width and length of two spades. This amount of space gives the roots of the plant a chance to spread out straight away. When purchasing a native plant, look at the bottom of the container to see if roots are pushing out through the drainage holes. If the roots are showing there, this is a good indicator the roots are root-bound. This tangle of roots leads to poor growth and early death of the plant.
Dig the hole deep enough for you to be able to bury your plant halfway up its trunk. The reason for such a deep hole is that it gives the roots a chance to grow well away from the surface. The deep hole also allows the roots to dig deep into the ground quickly, and this keeps the plants firmly tethered during violent storms.
After you finish the planting, your plants should need little care outside of watering for the first year or so. However, if you are unsure about which is the best spot for your native plants, or which ones grow best in your environment, contact a tree service for advice. They will help you make the right plant choices, and also help you to get them into the ground during this prime growth period.