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Deciduous shrubs are commercially available either as container plants or as bare-root young plants. The specific planting recommendations for individual species and varieties can vary, but the following tips are universal and can be applied to almost all trees.

Deciduous trees can be planted all year round

The best planting time

Trees and shrubs grown in pots or containers can be planted all year round, provided the root ball is well rooted. On the other hand, trees grown outdoors, regardless of whether they have root balls or bare roots, should only be planted outside of the vegetation phase. Deciduous trees are best planted in the ground immediately after the leaves have fallen. Plant evergreen deciduous trees as early as possible in autumn so that they can form new roots before winter.

Planting a deciduous tree - instructions

Before planting, the soil must be thoroughly and deeply loosened and, if necessary, supplemented with compost etc. The deciduous trees must be planted with wet roots, which is why it is best to place them in a bucket of water beforehand. The ground itself, on the other hand, must not be wet or compacted. It continues as follows:

  • Dig a planting pit with at least twice the root ball size.
  • Insert the wood, but no deeper than it was before.
  • Any existing bale linen is not removed.
  • Mix the excavated soil with compost and fill in.
  • When stepping on the earth, make sure that the bale is not damaged.
  • Water the newly planted tree vigorously.
  • Cover the tree disc with organic material.

Water vigorously

In the case of solitary trees in particular, a watering rim should be created, as this enables targeted watering. After planting, the wood is watered so vigorously that the cavities between the roots are closed. This is the only way for them to get good soil contact and not dry out.

Mulch the tree disc to prevent it from drying out

The subsequent mulching with organic material (e.g. bark mulch or lawn clippings) also supports the tree in the formation of new roots. The soil stays moist longer and needs to be watered less frequently, the soil can also warm up faster and remains well aerated.

Tie the tree to a tree stake

A last measure when planting a tree is to tie the tree to a stake. This must be driven into the solid ground so that it is stable. Ideally, it is the same as the trunk and does not reach into the crown. You can also secure large solitary trees with three tree stakes connected to one another. Use a natural material for tying, for example a sisal rope or a piece of raffia.


In the course of planting, a pruning should be done.

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