Successful Tree Planting

Follow the 3 steps below to ensure you get good results. If you would like any further advice or help please ask. We have many years of experience and are always happy to advise.

1. Select plants of appropriate type and size for the planting site. Many plants we offer will succeed in most situations but the following should be noted:

  • If the site is near the sea then you will need to be more careful in selecting suitable plants 
  • Yews, box and vines should not be planted in wet ground.                                 

2. Make sure they are well planted.

  • Plant in reasonable soil. If the soil is poor, mix in tree planting compost. A small amount of well rotted farm yard manure or natural compost could also be used, but do not add too much and make sure it is mixed well with the soil.
  • Plant at the correct depth. Do not plant too deeply.
  • Ensure that trees, larger shrubs and conifers are securely staked. Do not drive the stake through the rootball. Poor staking will result in the tree rocking in the wind and will prevent it being able to root into the surrounding soil. This will lead to plant failure and death. Pease ask for detailed instructions for staking methods.
  • Firm in well to remove any air pockets in soil 
  • Water in well after planting.

3. Look after them

Water regularly, particulary larger plants, during the first growing season according to weather conditions. Feel the soil to make sure you are not under or overwatering.

Control the weeds around the base of plants. Ideally create grass/weed free zone of 50-100cm diameter around the base. This will avoid the need to mow or strim around the base of the trunk.

If you follow the guidelines, this will give your plants the best start and should achieve good results.However, plants are all different and occasionally may struggle to become established. If you have concerns about your plants, please contact us for advice. Don't wait and hope the plants get better as by then it may be to late to remedy any problem. We are always happy to give advice over the telephone or via email.