Plant a tree this Spring!

As September starts and the blossoming flowers of spring begin to bud their gorgeous heads, we are reminded of the new life that spring brings and the joy that comes with it.

What better way to celebrate life, growth and a new season than by planting a tree? This has always been a Spring Day tradition and we decided to continue with it this year, by planting a cheerful indigenous tree. Trees bring so much life and colour to a garden and they are a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

Planting a tree is always so much fun to do with kiddies because it allows them to get dirty and dig up a big hole in moms garden, which is just the best part about the whole thing.

This spring we are also celebrating life in more ways than one, by supporting The Sunflower Fund and the amazing work that they do in our community for patients that have been diagnosed with life-threatening blood disorders such as leukaemia and are in need of a stem cell transplant. Why not show your support for the organisation, by purchasing and making use of the Topes (Tubes of Hope) as sweatbands while planting your tree with the kids. They run the annual Sunflower Day (previously Bandana Day) and will this year be celebrating it on the 16th of September to raise funds for the cause. Topes are available from August at your nearest Pick ‘n Pay retailer and are available in a children’s size for only R20 (incl VAT) and an adult’s size for only R25 (incl VAT).  You too can make a difference and contribute to saving lives. Hope begins with you!

What you will need:20160603-KYR_6298 copy

  • An indigenous tree - we used a pom pom tree
  • Some flour
  • A spade
  • A tubtrug
  • Hand-held trowel
  • Superphosphate / bonemeal
  • Compost
  • A filled watering can

The A, B, C’s of planting a tree:

  • Firstly, scout your garden or the area where you have permission to plant a tree and select somewhere that is spacious enough to allow the indigenous tree to grow. We chose the pom pom tree as it only grows to about 6 metres high and is perfect for a garden.
  • Spread some flour in a square over the area that you have selected to plant the tree, as a guideline of where to dig. This space should be at least twice as deep and twice as wide as the container that the tree is in, so that the tree is encouraged to spread its roots and stabilise as it grows.
  • Get the kiddies to dig out the hole and to get nice and messy while doing it.
  • Place the dug-up soil into a tubtrug (a large bucket or wheelbarrow can be used instead) and mix it together with some superphosphate or bonemeal and compost.
  • Place your tree in the centre of the hole in an upright position.
  • Refill the hole with the dug-out soil mixture, filling the hole right to the top, to hold the tree in place.
  • Use your watering can to water the newly planted tree thoroughly.

Once you have cleaned up around the tree, make some garden party bunting with the topes and set up a kiddies picnic to make this activity even more fun.