Tree Planting Advice - Basics and Planning





Most plants grow best in deep, loose and fertile soil, with plenty of moisture, and the necessary light intensity. The tree grower’s aim is to find - or create and maintain – the ideal conditions for every seedling. The universal rules are to dig deep, backfill with lots of the right nutrients and compost

and, whenever possible, provide supplementary watering in the dry season. The absolute basics are as simple as that. But locations and tree species vary; and each place has different challenges, each type of tree has its own optimum uses.


Planning a Tree Project

If you have a chance to plant even one tree, anywhere, do it! Imagine the benefit if millions

of people did that. If you have the resources to do more, do it! Best of all; establish a tree-growing project – on your own land or with a community. Why not on a housing estate, or a town square, or on a piece of neighboring wasteland? There’s always somewhere nearby, for everybody.

Any planting is better than no planting, but projects will work best if they are well planned.


Here’s a list of elements to consider:


Making decisions

  • Select site
  • Assess soil - Assess water/climate
  • Decide purpose/usage
  • Select species
  • Decide spacing


Physical Preparations

  • Clear and fence
  • Dig holes


Gathering resources

  • Source fertilizer/compost
  • Source water tubes
  • Source mulching
  • Source and collect seedlings


Planting out

  • Nurseries
  • Harden seedlings
  • Water and backfill holes
  • Prime and plant seedlings


Get growing

  • Mulch plantings
  • Water and tend
  • Keep area clear



  • Diseases
  • Pests
  • Animal damage
  • Dangers of clones