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Caring for your trees

How to plant a tree

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1. Dig a pit that's approximately three times the width of the tree roots all the way around. Make sure the edges aren't glazed by roughening them with a shovel or crowbar.

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2. Place the tree in the pit. Make sure it's level with the ground.

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3. Break up the soil and fill the pit. Make sure the soil is in pieces less than 25mm in size.

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4. After filling the pit, use any excess soil to create a well on the edges.

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5. Mulch over the top of the soil 1 cm thick but sparingly over the roots. Keep the stem clear.

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6. If your tree seems unstable put two stakes into the stable ground, keeping clear of the root ball. Use a hessian strap to secure the stakes, placing them in a figure-eight shape one-third of the way up the tree.

Identify and remove weeds

Weeds are a problem in Casey and can cause havoc to our indigenous bush landscape. Once established, weeds can stop indigenous plants from growing and thriving. They reduce the habitat of native animals and can become home for pest animals such as rabbits and foxes.

Some weeds are noxious and landholders must remove them, according to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CALP Act). Weeds spread in many ways including:

  • Vehicle traffic
  • Pedestrian movement
  • Dumping of garden waste
  • Horses
  • Other animals, particularly foxes and birds

To help identify weeds, we have developed a weed identification guide. This is a joint effort with Cardinia Shire Council and the City of Greater Dandenong. The weed identification guide has:

  • Pictures of the 90 worst weeds in the Casey region
  • How to remove weeds
  • How to prevent weeds

Download the Weed Identification Guide

For more information see our Tree Guide.

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