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Planting Advice

Planting Advice

Bare-rooted plants can be either notch planted or pit planted. The notch planting method is more suited to plants with a smaller root structure, whereas pit planting may be employed for plants with a larger more fibrous root structure.

The depth of planting is generally dictated by the root size and type, but should be no deeper than the depth of a spade blade.

Notch Planting;

Notch planting is a far quicker and less physically demanding process than pit planting. This is carried out by simply inserting the blade of the spade into the ground, pushing the shaft forwards and then back again towards you. When you remove the spade a cavity should have been created.

Place the roots of the plant into the cavity and shake to ensure all the roots are pointing downwards. Take care to make sure all the roots are in the ground and then ‘heel’ the plant into the ground removing any air pockets.

For more information about notch planting a bareroot tree, please view our video below;


Pit Planting;

Pit planting is generally considered to be a more time consuming and physically demanding process than notch planting however is worth doing well. Avoid trying to force large roots into a small notch cavity to save time!

Firstly, dig out a square pit, the dimensions of which will be determined by the size of root structure to go within. Place your plant within the excavated pit and then backfill with the soil. If you wish, you could mix some soil conditioner or compost into the soil before backfilling. This will improve fertility or drainage should the soil be wet or mostly clay.


  • When planting always keep the plants in the bags to prevent the roots from drying out.
  • Tree protection, if required, should then be securely fitted following planting. Try and avoid leaving any plants exposed overnight should there be a risk of browsing.

Fitting Plant Protection;

Spirals or Tubex Easywraps and canes;

The first step is to secure the cane next to the planted plant making sure it is inserted to a good depth, ideally no less than 30cm for a 90cm cane. This will ensure rigidity against high winds and reduce ongoing maintenance issues.

Then follow up and fit the guard as the final task to be done. Spirals and Tubex Easywraps should be placed over the plant and the cane (the only purpose of the cane being to hold the spiral or Easywrap up)

Tubex tubes with stake;

Again the first step is to knock the stake into the ground beside the planted plant, leaving enough space between the stake and plant to place the tube over the plant. The stake should be knocked into the ground to a good depth to ensure rigidity against high winds and reduce ongoing maintenance issues.

The stake remains on the outside of Tubex Tree Tube or Shrub Shelter and is secured to the stake by way of a pre-fitted ratchet tie on the tube.

For more information about attaching tree tubes and stakes, please view our video below;