But I don't have a big enough garden!

Don't worry if you don't have a garden big enough for the oak tree. To begin with the tree will be more than happy in a pot, so as long as you have space enough for a pot outside you can care for your tree. 

If you don't have any space outside then maybe you could ask a friend or relative if they have space for the pot. 

Eventually, when the tree is big enough, and if you don't have room in your garden, you could contact your local Wildlife Trust  or your local Natural Burial Ground to see if they have anywhere the tree could be planted to go on and support our planet for future generations. 

From acorns grow mighty Oaks

We need your support to help future

generations as well as a memorial tree.

It is estimated that just one cremation produces an average of 534.6 pounds of carbon dioxide, never mind all the other pollutants from mercury fillings, plastics etc. 

Cremation makes up approximately 77% of all funerals in the UK and so we are very keen to counteract the damage that is done to our precious environment for future generations. This is where you can help. 

With each cremation that we support a family with the family will be sent a small Oak sapling that is an offering to our future generations as well as honouring the person who has died. 

Sadly human ashes are not good for plants and can kill them but if you wanted to mix just 1 teaspoon of the ashes in with the rich compost the tree will be fairly safe and you get to nurture the tree knowing how precious it is. 

Ground Preparation

Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:

       • Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage

       • Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)

       • Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime

       • Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test

       • Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice

If soils are waterlogged over winter consider installing drainage, or an alternative is to plant on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10-12in) high and 1m (39in) in diameter. Excess moisture can kill the finer roots, which become blackened and sour smelling. Wet roots are more susceptible to disease, especially Phytophthora.

How to Plant your Bare Root Plants

       • Remove plants from their tightly wrapped bag (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee).

       • Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.

       • It is always best to plant in a square hole to aid root establishment.

       • If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting

       • With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface. 

       • Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets

       • When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.

       • There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.

How Much Watering to do Once Planted

For all watering needs, to ensure your plants thrive, take a look at our sister site Water Irrigation. Click here to view our large range of irrigation products, perfect for keeping your plants well watered and thriving.

Weeding Advice

Weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.

Staking and Protecting your Plant

Where possible trees and shrubs should be staked using Bamboo Canes as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced. If you have an issue with pests, most notably rabbits, you can wrap a Plastic Spiral Tree Guard around the base/stems of the plant to prevent animals gnawing on the bark.

How to care for your oak

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