Monday, November 18, 2013

TreeCo Saves 80 Year Old Olive Trees

The average life expectancy of an Olive Tree is between 300 and 600 years, so when we were approached by Mr and Mrs James and Kerry Stuart to rescue and relocate 20 beautiful Calamata Olive Trees which we’re planted on their family farm by their Great Grandfather some 80 years ago, we jumped at the opportunity.

To rescue a fully grown tree is a formidable challenge. From ensuring the roots remain as undisturbed as possible, to physically moving the trees – great care must be taken to stress the tree as little as possible if it is to survive.

At TreeCo we have successfully rescued and relocated numerous fully grown trees and to date, we have not lost a single one. The secret very clearly lies in how the trees are handled during the relocation process and then importantly – the replanting process.

Using organic compost and our Wurmbosch worm tea, a balanced, incredibly fertile soil ecology is created which is rich in naturally occurring microbes. This enhances healthy root growth which is crucial if a mature tree is to thrive after it has been relocated and replanted.

Our organic growing methods also enable the trees to maintain their own natural level of resilience to pests and diseases, which ultimately provides them with more energy to settle quicker and grow at a natural and consistent speed.

Typically it takes 2 years for a tree to settle completely and so we will be keeping a close eye on these 80 year old Calamata Olive Trees for the next 24 months before we offer them for sale.
Hoisting the first Olive tree on to our truck.
Back at the nursery the TreeCo team gets to work to fit our rescued Olive trees into their new 3000lt bags.
Almost done - the last of our 20 rescued Calamata Olive trees is settled into her new home!
Here is David, one of our keen team members treating our rescued Calamata Olive trees to what the trees consider a delicious Wurmbosch worm tea! It is this organic substance which makes all the difference to our beautiful trees!

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