Q. Antinino: How can I make it easier to establish trees?
A. When planting, insert a length of black, agricultural pipe vertically into the planting hole. This facilitates getting the water down to the root zone of the tree as it establishes. Add some slow release fertiliser or tree pellets in the hole at planting. Keep lawn away from the trunk for the first five years of the tree’s life; this reduces competition for nutrients and water.