Planting & Pruning Guides

Video guides on planting bare root and container trees, along with guides and tutorials from the Bumbles team on pruning apple trees & wisteria. We’re happy to help!

How to plant a container tree

Container trees can be planted at any time of the year, but establish best when planted during the autumn. These tips on how to plant a container tree will help your tree get off to the best possible start in life.

Dig a hold twice the size of the pot and break up the soil at the bottom of the hole. We recommend sprinkling a sachet of Rootmore mycorrhizal fungi to help the tree establish.

Remove the tree from the pot and place in the hole so that the top of the soil from the post of about an inch below ground level. Back fill with a mix of compost and soil and firm well so there are no air pockets. If the tree is in an exposed site then use a stake and tie to keep it steady for the first few years; place the stake on the westerly side. If there is any danger of rabbits or deer then put a guard around the trunk or they may strip the bark and harm the tree.

Watch the step by step video, provided by our tree suppliers, to point you in the right direction of how to plant a container tree.

A short video giving an easy step by step guide on how best to plant a bare root tree.

Watch this short video for an easy step by step guide on planting a container tree.

Pruning & Cutbacks – February Garden Maintenance

Pruning & Cutbacks – February Garden Maintenance

The next garden job we would like to share with you is pruning and cutbacks in the garden! Your winter-flowering shrubs such as Mahonia, Winter Jasmine and Heathers can be pruned back once they have finished flowering to encourage new growth for the next season....

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Summer pruning for Wisteria

Summer pruning for Wisteria

How to prune your Wisteria in Summer Following on from the Wisteria winter pruning video, Ross gives us some tips on summer pruning for Wisteria. "Our Wisteria arch is looking beautiful, we have had loads of flowers and as you can see, it's got a lot of extension...

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How to Prune and Train Wisteria

How to Prune and Train Wisteria

An instructional video with Ross showing how to prune and train wisteria in winter. Wisteria pruning happens twice a year, once in January/February and again in July/August - see our summer pruning video for instructions. Call in to see us anytime for hands-on advice...

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Wisteria pruning with Ross at Bumbles

Wisteria pruning with Ross at Bumbles

Wisteria Hoop training. An ornamental project training a wisteria standard onto a hoop frame to give a umbrella effect come flowering time. Ross shows us his methods and pruning. Keep watching for more instructional videos on plant care and maintenance.  

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