Outback Soil Conditioner
Our unique formulation of composted bark, vermiculite, perlite, and a secret ingredient! Outback Soil Conditioner is designed to improve rubbish garden soils to make them more suitable for planting your eucalyptus. The special mix of ingredients will improve both water drainage and moisture retention, and boost the rate at which your tree can acquire nutrients from the soil.
Our soil conditioner is a soil improver, not a replacement for compost or normal garden soil. Mix with your normal garden soil at a 10/90% ratio respectively. Our planting notes go into more detail, and you can give us a call on 07307 413 052.
Processing, shipping & dispatch
The following information forms an integral part of our Business Terms and Conditions. Click here to visit terms and conditions.
Processing your order
We always pick out the happiest and healthiest plants for dispatch. Your tree will be one of many grown and will not look identical to the image of that size and/or species you have viewed in our shop. The photographs of stock are representative images. Young trees are like children; within any age group they are variable in shape and size, but all of them are delightful!
Your tree may have been pruned: We prune our stock. Eucalyptus are mad about producing a great deal of top growth and sometimes forget about their roots. For this reason we nip out shoot tips and often the growing tip to slow them down (it removes growth hormones, which are held in the shoot tips). This makes them concentrate on building up their roots, strengthening their trunk and becoming more bushy up top.
Young Eucalyptus have particularly soft foliage and stems. If any minor damage is sustained in transit, this is not a problem; just pruned it off and new shoots will soon regrow.
Timing to dispatch: We aim to send out your order the week after we receive cleared funds in our bank account. Generally, orders are picked on a Monday and hydrated for their journey, packed on a Tuesday, collected by the courier on Wednesday and delivered to you on Thursday, Friday at the latest. Your order should certainly be with you within 14 working days of order, unless you have arranged otherwise. If for any reason this is not possible, or we anticipate a delay in your order being ready for dispatch, we will contact you and advise you when you will receive your order. If this is not acceptable to you, we will offer you the option of a full or partial refund, as appropriate. If you would like your order for a specific date, have dispatch delayed until you are back from holiday and ready to plant it, then do please ping us an email and let us know what you would like to do.
Ordering on line: you will receive an email when your order is being processed and advised of when your order is in transit.
Ordering by telephone: Yes, this is possible. Just call us on 0751 526 1511 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and we are happy to help.
Ordering by post: You are welcome to order by post, please include your telephone number (preferably your mobile number) so we can contact you to confirm details.
Eucalyptus in Safe Places: Please advise us of a safe place to leave your parcel: it could be the front porch, back garden, local corner shop (if willing), friendly neighbour guaranteed to be home. Many couriers will not leave your parcel unless you are home to receive it and in some instances, it can take up to 4 days to re-arrange a delivery, which is not great for your tree. Some drivers will leave the parcel if you pin a signed written instruction on your front door, detailing where to deposit the parcel, if you are out at the time of delivery.
Packaging: All plants are dispatched in sturdy, purpose-made cardboard boxes. Pots are put in plastic bags to prevent leaking and if the plant is tall, it is secured to a bamboo cane to prevent it from flapping around. Sometimes the very top of the tree is folded over inside the box; it is soft and flexible and will soon bounce back - this is quite normal.
Shipping of large orders: If you have a large order of say 12 x 3 litre plants or more, this may be shipped on a pallet, through the pallet network. Sometimes we will make a timber crate for them to travel in, if required. Delivery is to kerbside only. You or your representative will need to be present at the time of delivery to check and sign for the consignment.
Collecting from the Nursery: we are more than happy for customers to collect trees from our nursery dispatch area (which happens to be in our car park!), by appointment. After all, this saves you the cost of shipping.
Please be aware that our nursery is a commercial production nursery and not open to the general public or cold callers. Collections need to be booked in for a specified date and time, to ensure that somebody is available to meet you and hand over your order. To make an appointment please call us on 0751 526 1511