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Tree Planting Tips

planting a tree

If you have decided you want to improve your landscaping through planting new trees there are
lots of things that need to be considered prior to doing so. These include the type of tree,
location, any future hazards the tree may cause (this is particularly important if you are planting
certain species next to roads or buildings) and of course how you are going to plant and maintain
the tree in the future.

Choosing a tree
Young trees should be given a great deal of attention as these early stages are what sets the
tree up for the rest of it’s growth, resulting shape, strength and of course its lifespan. If you are
looking to plant a tree it is important you select the right one, avoiding any common problems
young saplings as a result of their treatment. As you are aware, healthy roots are imperative for
a strong and healthy tree so when choosing a tree pay some attention to these.
Trees are typically sold as seedlings, potted or in balled roots, the root growth should be strong
and fibrous with lots of small roots growing off ready to lay the tree’s foundations once it is
planted. Avoid any trees which have become root bound in the pot, have roots trapped in a root
ball which is not big enough or dry and circling as this indicates future problems.
In addition to the roots take note of the condition of the bark, width of the
Ensure you transport your trees carefully, carrying from the bottom, not from the stem or
branches. As part of our service we can provide and plant the trees for you. width of the trunk
and the distribution of the branches, Further to this the branches should be smaller than the
diameter of the trunk.

Planting the tree
Each type of tree, whether it is bare root, ball rooted or potted needs to be carefully planted
following its own specific technique, especially when it come to the size of the hole and sloping
sides to ensure the tree can effectively spread out its roots which have been balled up for a
significant period of time. Bare root trees need a smaller hole and the support of firmly packed

Although it is tempting to use plant food and fertilisers on the tree to speed up its growth you
should avoid the use of these as it may cause damage to the tree.
Once your tree is planted you will need to spread mulch across the top of the soil and then in dry
weather keep the soil and mulch moist by watering it every week, this is an essential during the
first year.