In the new built areas around where we live in Shanghai, there is a lot of tree planting. It is done in a way that is quite peculiar.
Large trees are cut out of the ground in one place, and then moved to the target location by truck. The trees are then lifted into place with man-power and sometimes using freight-lifters.
Today Erik and Goran helped in the planting of a couple of linden trees in a garden near our house. The reason for the tree-planting this week is sad, almost tragic. 20 of the 200 or so trees that were planted last year – large trees that were re-planted into the gardens – have died during the winter.
Probably the root cause (no pun intended) is that large trees are re-planted but with a minimal root-system, so most of the roots are missing when the tree comes to the new location. We saw both brown-rot and white-rot in the dead trees, which may well have come into the trees through the damaged roots.
I think it would be better to plant smaller trees where it is much easier to bring a more complete root system, and have more patience to wait for the trees to flourish.