The most suitable time for planting in this region is from the first week of August. The selection of tree species to be planted should be done depending upon the availability of space. Think 10 to 15 years hence when the tree will gain its maximum height, says Satish Narula
TREES are the best assets of the garden landscape. They provide fruits, shelter, the much needed shade, flowers, ornamental foliage and above all fresh air. But to get the best out of them, they have to be planted judiciously. It is generally believed that trees are easy to grow, and thus could do without much care. No doubt they are hardy in nature, but their planting and initial care effects their future growth, formation, life span etc. If a tree is neglected in its initial years, it could have a main stem damaged by insects or disease, the scars of which are visible for the rest of its life.
When it comes to planting a tree, we seldom take notice of overhead wires or neighbouring trees. When the plant grows to become a tree, it becomes necessary to remove its strangulating branches. This is usually done in primitive and crude ways that give uneven cuts, providing potential breeding place for insects and diseases. A piece of advice use only a pruning saw and after pruning use some disinfectant to protect the cut end against fungal infection. If nothing else is available, use blitox paste to smear the cut end. Later you could use Bordeaux paint to cover the wound.
|After a tree is planted the foremost
consideration should be to protect it against white ants.
It is equally important to provide it a proper stake for
erect growth. Do not use a nylon or polythene thread to
secure it in position. It cuts into the main stem
blocking the channel that conducts food. It is better to
remove a few leaves to reduce the water loss that
otherwise leads to dehydration. The planting should
always be commenced after sufficient saturation of soil
with rain water.
The most suitable time for planting in this region is from the first week of August. The selection of tree species to be planted should be done depending upon the availability of space. Think 10 to 15 years hence when the tree will gain its maximum height.
Taining of the tree is of utmost importance. This is done to ensure that the tilt, and the height of the crown conforms to the space availabled. See the accompanying picture. This is a common Dhek (Melia azedarch) growing on the premises of St. Stephens School at Chandigarh.
To keep this tree low headed, no side branch was removed. It has grown to form an excellent low-headed crown. This tree normally has a canopy as high as 10 feet or so. Since the tree is deciduous in nature and sheds leaves from November till March, the base could be used to develop some beautiful patterns with ground cover plants or chips. The same tree with bunches of seeds presents a spectacular sight when it is without foliage.