Are you ready for Arbour Day? Taking part in this event is fun and it’s a great opportunity to make a difference in your community, while planting indigenous trees makes a positive contribution to the environment. Discover everything you need to know about Arbour Week by reading our blog. If you want to add a special touch to your garden, find trees for sale on Junk Mail.
What is Arbour Day?
Arbour Day is an annual event that takes place in South Africa from the 1st to the 7th of September. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries oversees the event to raise awareness of significant local trees, such as the Sagole Baobab. During this period, people are encouraged to plant indigenous trees in order to contribute to the sustainability of our local environment. Arbour Week is an opportunity to plant trees in your community, and taking part in this event is a great way to give back to your community as well as to help the environment.
How to take care of your newly planted tree
Once you have found the right trees for sale, it is important to know how to take care of them. The period just after you have planted your tree is crucial if you want the new addition to your garden to thrive. Don’t stake your tree unless it is absolutely necessary, such as in areas with extremely windy conditions. Trees that aren’t supported by a stake naturally grow a strong and healthy root system so that they can support themselves. You will need to test the soil to ensure that it supports the growth of your new tree.
If there are no deficiencies in the soil that need to be corrected, it’s best not to fertilise the tree during its first year in your garden. Fertilisation can result in new roots growing too rapidly, which destabilises the root system. If you need to add fertiliser, make sure that you spread it across the whole root system to encourage even growth.
You can also help your new tree get a good start by mulching. Applying wood chip mulch to the area around the tree will discourage weeds from growing, keep the soil moist, and provide nutrients to the tree. While mulching is helpful, don’t overdo it. An excess of mulch can result in the growth of fungi, attract pests and spread diseases.
Watering is essential for any plant and it is an important part of proper tree care. To avoid over- or under watering your new tree, check the moisture content of the soil regularly. When you water your tree, make sure that you apply a gentle flow of water consistently or alternatively use a soaker hose. A general guideline for watering your new tree is to water it every day for the first two weeks after you plant it. Following this period, you should only water it once a week as a general rule. Don’t forget to factor in rainfall when you decide when to water your tree. After you plant your tree on Arbour Day, keep pruning to a minimum. The only pruning that is necessary in the beginning is to remove damaged branches or double leaders.
What indigenous trees should you plant during Arbour Week?
You can make the most of Arbour Week by understanding which indigenous tree are best to plant. The size of your garden is important to consider when you are choosing a tree. Planting the wrong type of tree near walls or buildings can result in damage to your property. A Lavender tree is a great option for smaller gardens. This tree boasts an attractive shape as well as aesthetically pleasing bark, and are well-suited to the conditions in Gauteng.
Peach trees are a popular option too. These trees are usually between 8 and 12 metres tall. Their attractive foliage and delicious fruit are advantages to planting this type of tree. You’ll need a female tree if you want to enjoy their fruit. Not only do these trees make a beautiful addition to your property, they also create a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
Another great choice for Arbour Day is the Pompon tree. This spectacular indigenous tree boasts beautiful pink flowers which appear during the summer months. It grows relatively fast and it can handle colder weather conditions. The height of this tree usually ranges between 6 and 8 metres. The River Indigo is another great choice if you have limited space in your outdoor area. It’s easy to grow and it features pink and white flowers. This tree is excellent for the insects in your garden.
Now that you know more about Arbour Day, find trees for sale online and get involved. With the right knowledge and care, your new trees will be off to a great start.