Olive Trees – Proper Planting Of Medium To Large Trees
The first plants to be planted into a large garden or landscape should be the 15 gallon or larger shrubs and trees. In this project it is these 3 – 24″ boxedlow branching or multi trunk fruitless olive trees, Trees of Tuscany, a generic of Swan Hill Olive. These totally fruitless olive trees will provide an attractive screen to the house below without getting so large that the trees would block other home owners view of the ocean.
If these trees were single trunk standards there would be other practices done when planting, such as proper staking, but the soil treatment would be the same, none.
When planting olive trees, do not use gravel, compost, planting mixes or other up sale crap that someone is trying to pimp onto you. Olive trees grow in the roughest soils and plantings conditions around the planet, your olive tree will most likely do fine in your garden unless you have some extreme mineral issue of some sort.
You need water, and some basic fertilizer and more water to have a good olive tree(s). I have 3 trees being planted here and tried to each tree in a stage of planting to help you see the basics.
The first thing I did was to soak the soil for a couple of days so that the workers would be slicing through moist soil and not banging picks and shovels on it. Each hole was made to a depth of about 21 inches and 36 inches wide. The rest you can listen to.
Ciao – Chris