Planting Gumtree Species
When you decide to invest in a sapling, it is a good idea to assess your home environment, which includes making sure that you have sufficient space in your yard for a large tree. You need to consider how much space you have, what type of soil you have, what competing plants you have. If you are an inexperienced gardener, contacting an arborist can be a great start. If you would like to speak with an expert to receive a quote to maintain any over grown or unhealthy trees, you can call Matt on 1300 763 058
You need to match the species of Gum Tree to your environment. This can reduce the amount of maintenance, effort and fertiliser that you will need to help your tree grow.
Below are five of the most common types of backyard Gum Trees:
Plunkett Mallee (Eucalyptus curtisii)
Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)
Large-fruited Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. Megalocarpa)
Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea)
Red Flowering Gum (Eucalyptus ficifolia)
Before you plant your new Eucalyptus, it is important to find the right location for it in your garden. The perfect place will be somewhere without too much competition for water, nutrients and sunlight. You want your Eucalypt to have full sun exposure. This way the canopy of your tree will receive the essential sunlight it needs to grow into a beautiful healthy tree.
For at least the first year after planting, you need to ensure that there are no weeds or plants around the trunk that would compete for water and nutrients. If you can reduce the competition for your tree , this will ensure it can absorb the essential sustenance it needs to grow.
If your sapling was staked in the pot before you planted it, then you stake it in the ground for the first 12 months. This is to make sure that it develops strength and stability to support itself but don’t stake it too tightly, as it will need to have some movement to build up wind resistance and strength. You can remove the stake once it can support itself which will generally be about a year from planting. On the other hand, if the sapling isn’t staked when you buy it, there’s no need to stake it when planted as it will already have developed some strength.
A couple times a week you should check the moisture levels of the soil at the base of your Eucalypt. You can do this by simply putting your hand in the soil to feel if it is wet or dry. Wet soil indicates that it does not need to be watered.
If it is dry, thoroughly water the base, roots and soil around the trunk. Make sure that the soil has been soaked through a few layers beyond the top. Do this throughout the first few years of growth.