Once the plants are in their correct positions, dig a hole that is slightly deeper and wider than the pot. Water the hole in preparation for planting.
Make sure the hole is big enough to fit the plant and totally cover the roots.
Gently remove the plants from their pots ready for planting. It is best to have as little disturbance to the roots as possible. Keep the soil and plant intact by gently squeezing each side of the pot, then placing your hand flat over the soil with the stem between your fingers. This will provide the least amount of stress and disturbance to the plant during the process.
When you backfill the soil, leave a shallow ‘well’ to help catch rainwater, so water will stay longer and reach down to the roots.
Press the soil around the plant lightly, without packing it down to hard. Pressing too hard pushes out air which is needed by the roots.
Maintenance and upkeep
Your plants are in the ground, what’s next?
Placing thick (between 7 to 10 cm deep) Eucalyptus mulch layer around your plants will keep the soil moist and cool, control weed growth and help maintain micro-organisms in the soil.
Mulch your native plants soon after you have planted and watered your plants in. Apply mulch as an evenly spread blanket on top of soil surface.
Wear a mask when spreading mulch.
Contact local councils or tree loppers about free eucalyptus mulch.
Using the Planting Activity Sheet, create a roster to share plant caring activities with your Junior Landcare team.
This can include watering, measuring growth, plant changes and checking mulch. You can also start making observations to see if any new native animals have arrived.
The more involvement and ongoing maintenance, the better the growth of your plants.