Spade in hand and off you go: The hole is dug quickly and the new tree is rooted in the garden. Nothing special, really? Yes it is. This old ritual has a profound effect. Because trees have a great symbolism. It is not only in today’s esoteric circles that the tree is considered a parable of human growth and becoming, as it has always been. For example as a world tree, which the Indo-European peoples once worshiped and which is supposed to connect heaven, earth and the underworld. Maybe it’s just this connection that makes trees so special for us humans.
It seems like they can’t handle the hustle and bustle, they are calm and steady in the seasons. It is they who give us a sense of seasons in the first place, when they announce the impetuous spring with their fresh green, give shade to us in the summer and provide fruit and nuts in late summer, and become bare and black in the winter. Then they retreat, as we do in winter.
Trees stand for the passage of time – and who plants a tree, connects with the old forces, it seems. No wonder, then, that humans have always interpreted a lot into trees. Protection trees and house trees were once common. Not only should they keep evil spirits away from the house, they should also practically catch the lightning or provide the family with apples or plums. Oaks, pines or cherries are firmly rooted – a characteristic that is becoming increasingly rare in our fast-paced, mobile age and which many people wish for again in their lives.
Today it is becoming fashionable again to plant a tree to give birth to a child. The tree grows, as does the child. The child can identify with him. A tree beats strong roots and almost touches the sky with its branches – a nice picture for children. If they have “their” tree, they know where their roots are.
Often it is trees that cause feelings of home or remind us of beautiful experiences. Later, the tree bears fruit or offers the children of our children a place for tree houses or for climbing. A beautiful parable for growing up and the passage of time. And not only that. Every tree has its smell. Fragrant linden trees, for example, cover entire areas of the country in their own perfume. Birches and poplars rustle in the wind, a sound like a holiday for the ears.
They whisper stories to us and some specimens who have been in the same place for hundreds of years, we would like to ask about their experiences.
Planting trees is just good. It starts to dig the hole and smell the earth. And if you let the root ball slide in there, always creates a special moment. A moment of anticipation, of hope, but also of letting go and trust, because growth must now be done by the tree itself – somehow also a little control fee for us humans.
Planting trees is not just a nice thing for new earthlings. I recently planted a tree for my late grandfather and grandmother. This was my personal little ritual and I was able to sink my grief between the roots. Now he carries apples. This is somehow touching and comforting at the same time.
You also want to plant a tree? Then you should pay attention to these points:
Spring vs. Autumn: Trees should be planted best in the spring, say some, so they do not have to assert themselves against the autumn and winter storms and you risk no tension cracks, caused by the very different temperatures on the sun and shadow side. The advantage of autumn, however, is that the trees have enough time to take root and irrigation in the following year does not have to be so time-consuming.
Small but nice: Even if you want to see a great result directly after planting directly from the magnificent tree: Younger trees have the advantage that they recover faster from the transplanting and get used to the new place easier.
The quality: The tree should not be damaged. If this classic is wrapped in jute, the experts of the tree care recommend to unpack the tree and to check for possible damage.
The location: Chooses the future location wisely, distance to other trees is important because of the future propagation of the root system, on the other hand, you also have to consider the development of the treetop, so that the tree has enough space to develop above and below ground optimally.
The preparation: You should definitely remove the shell in which the root ball was wrapped, even if it is compostable. So you guarantee a holistic water supply. Furthermore, it is recommended to remove damaged roots and to provide the entire root ball before burial with water. The hole for the tree should be at least twice as large and tall as the root ball.
The first care: The young tree needs no fertilizer! Since it is now in a completely different location and its delicate bark is no longer protected by the shade of other trees, you should protect it with bamboo mats. So that the tree can quickly take root, it is recommended to support it with piles and remove them only in the third year. But please do not align too rigid. The tree should continue to have the opportunity to move with the wind.
Trees should be pruned regularly: But please not before the second year of implantation and only in fully leafed condition!
Irrigation: The intensity of irrigation depends on various factors (temperature, solar radiation, etc.), but in general it can be said that the tree needs more intensive irrigation if it has been planted as a very large tree and in spring and the soil conditions are difficult.
Now go out and plant a tree or two or three to help fight climate change and contribute to save our planet. Also feel free to tell your friends and family to do the same and spread the word as well.