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Trees can transform a garden, whatever the size of the plot! However, it’s important to know how large each tree will grow and the eventual shape.

Once you’ve decided on the ideal tree or trees and found a suitable position prepare the planting area by clearing any weeds. Try to plant the trees when the weather is cool, cloudy and not windy. If you can’t plant straight away keep the tree in a cool, shady spot and keep the roots moist. You could soak the rootball overnight in a bucket of water.
Dig a square hole twice the size of the rootball to encourage the roots to grow outwards for stability. Fill the hole with water and allow to drain.
Place the tree in the centre of the hole, with a wooden stake for support. Fill the hole using the soil mixed with some compost. Tread the soil firmly around the tree, making a shallow dam then slowly add water letting it drain away. Mulch the planting area with wood chips to retain moisture. Newly planted trees will need regular watering until they are established.
March/April and August/September best times to plant.

Most trees will attract a host of birds and wildlife, especially if they bear any berries, beside providing shade for them.
Some small to medium trees to consider which are also indigenous and drought-tolerant :
Lavender tree (Heteropyxis natalensis), Buddlija Saligua (False olive), Pom Pom tree (Dais cotinifollar), Sneezewood (Pteroxylon oblique), Crossberry (Arewia occidentalis), Sweet thorn (Acacia Karoo), Spekboom (Portulacaria afar), Chinese lantern (Nyruania capeasis), Cape ebony (Evelea pseudebenus), Tree fuchsia (Halleria lucida), Quiver tree ( Aloe dictiolorum Masson), and Dikvoet (Pachyodium succulentum).

With careful research the tree, or trees, you select will provide a stunning feature to your garden that will bring years of pleasure and welcome shade from the midday sun!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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