Planting trees and bushes

Garden Life
Fruit trees and bushes - with their beautiful buds and various shapes - are lovely design elements for any garden. But they not only look good - they also endow the proud garden owner with fruit that tastes excellent.
Berry bushes and bush/stem-type trees are ideally suited to dividing up parts of the garden, e.g. separating the kitchen garden from the flowers, or to protecting you from being overlooked by neighbours. Foliage-covered walls are easy to achieve with espaliers and climbing fruit trees, e.g. raspberries or blackberries.

The months of March and April are ideal for planting trees and bushes. The soil is still warm so the plants have enough time to form roots before winter draws in.

Those wanting to prettify their garden with deciduous and evergreen trees should ensure early planting in March. For evergreens, it is particularly important to ensure that the roots can still develop sufficiently well in warm soil so that the leaves are adequately supplied with water over the winter.

When choosing a tree or bush, pay attention to the conditions at the location. For example, fruit trees require a humus-rich, deep, loose garden soil which should be moist but not wet. Areas at risk of frost are always less than favourable. The eventual size of the fully grown tree or bush should also be a selection factor. If you are not completely sure, it's best to get advice from an expert.

To plant fruit trees correctly, the planting hole should be twice as wide as the root stock. After loosening the compacted base, you can insert the tree into the hole. The dressing point should be around 10 cm above the soil. Stabilise the trunks of standard and half standard trees with a support for the first few years. Once the planting hole has been refilled with humus-rich soil, the earth must be compacted and watered well. Do not forget to regularly water the tree over the first few days and when the weather is dry.