It was great to see so many people out planting on the weekend. Some areas had lovely warm sunshine and others had bursts of hail, sleet and constant wind. Thanks to all those who persevered and made sure thousands of plants went into the ground.
Having participated in a few planting events recently it has been interesting to see different methods used. Some of the tips I picked up include:
- make sure you do the weed control, either a couple of applications of herbicide or physical removal of the weeds by chipping them out. This really pays off in the long run.
- don’t cut back on the preparation, if it is possible to deep rip a site then rip it and plant adjacent to the rip line not in it.
- do some rabbit baiting and burrow ripping to remove the rabbits and remove harbour and add tree guards. Fence the site if you need to exclude stock.
- water the plants thoroughly the night before planting by immersing them in water until the bubbles stop coming out of the pots.
- mix up the plants in the trays before you start if you want to get a better spread of plant varieties.
- loosen the plants in tubes so they pull out easily and are not damaged and ensure they are weed free.