TIP when planting a Tree this Arbor Month

September is National Arbor month - an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant a tree!

Not only does being surrounded by beautiful trees bring calm, peace and tranquility;

these living monuments clean the air we breathe, provide us with oxygen, cool down temperatures and provide a habitat for all sorts of garden visitors.

*Visit Cape Garden to find the best tree for your garden!

When planting a tree this Arbor month, make sure not to plant your tree too deep.

Remember to always make sure that no part of the main stem of your tree is covered by soil.

Symptoms of trees planted too deep:

*Reduced growth rate *Dwarfed leaf size and/or defoliation *Yellowing (often mistaken for poor soil nutrition) *Late spring leaf emergence

*Early fall coloration *Bark splitting *Increased susceptibility to borers *Girdling roots *Branch dieback *Eventual tree death

Q: What should I do if my tree is planted too deep?

A: Remove the excess soil away from the main stem and correct the soil level so that roots are barely covered with soil.

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