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Getting schools involved with planting
Getting schools involved with planting

Guide to successfully planting trees at your school.

Updated over a week ago

For a flourishing school planting project, thoughtful preparation is key. Here's what to consider:

Leadership and Goals

Assign a project leader. This person could be a teacher, parent, or local environmental enthusiast. They will steer the initiative. Define clear objectives. For example, enhancing local wildlife habitats, giving shade, or beautifying the school grounds. Your goals will dictate the types of native plants needed, so research which species best support your desired outcomes.

Selecting Suitable Plants

Choose native plants. They should fit your local ecosystem. Get advice from local nurseries. They are the experts. Utilise Trees That Count's nursery recommendations for guidance. Avoid species with toxic parts or high maintenance demands. Consider the school's capacity for ongoing care.

Planting Strategy

The ideal planting time is just before winter, allowing plants to establish before summer's dry conditions. Prepare the site by clearing competitive weeds, yet maintain some ground cover to protect young plants. Plan your planting layout carefully. Consider the mature size and growth of plants. This will ensure a natural and sustainable environment.

Maintenance and Adaptation

Commit to regular maintenance. This includes watering and weeding. Also, involve students in the care. This will teach them stewardship. Continuously watch the project's progress. Replace underperforming plants with tougher ones. Also, think about using plant guards to protect young plants.

Further Resources

  • The Department of Conservation offers a guide on protecting and restoring natural heritage. You can find it on their website.

  • Your local Regional Council's website may also have useful info. It covers native planting in your region.

  • For practical tips, watch our "Plant like a ninja" video on YouTube.

Follow these steps. Your school can add to local biodiversity and create a greener, livelier environment.

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