Top Tips for Planting New Trees

Admittedly, planting a tree is not that hard. The hardest part is figuring out which trees are most suited and consequently thrive in the local conditions in your garden. Choosing specimens that are disease-free, have a healthy trunk and root system and will not outgrow the space you intend to plant them in are vitally important. It is also what we find that our customers struggle with. Top Tree Surgeons Bristol has an experienced team to support you in getting you off to a great start!

Types of Trees to Plant

Our team of expert tree surgeons understands the different needs and purposes of trees. We can help you choose the right tree species based on your land and what you’re hoping for from a tree. Our knowledgeable team will customise the tree planting needs to suit your requirements. Many trees can grow in a range of conditions. However, some will require a particular soil and location to survive and thrive. We suggest seeing what types of trees are happily growing in your neighbourhood to get some ideas.

tree surgeon planting a tree

Where to Plant your Tree

There are many factors to consider when thinking about where to plant your tree(s). Planning is important and our tree surgeons can assist with this. You need to consider the final size of the tree. It’s necessary to consider nearby buildings, including your own house and your neighbours’. Will a fully-grown tree fit where you want to place it? Where will the roots and branches spread to? Will they be likely to cause structural damage in the future? Again, our tree surgeons will have the answers based on the type of tree you’d like to plant. Trees and shrubs also need a certain amount of space between them – usually between 30cm and 5 metres depending on the type of shrub or tree. Our team will advise you on this.

Planting Multiple Trees or a Woodland

If you want to plant many trees, our team can advise on the best species. Pollution, climate change, and tree pests and disease can be detrimental to tree health and survival. Often a mix of native tree species can increase the resilience of your trees. We will also advise about how and where to leave open spaces in a larger woodland to encourage biodiversity. A nice well-placed footpath will allow a spot from which to tend to and enjoy your new trees as they flourish. Our experts will talk you through all of this and help you choose the best options based on your preferences.

Types of Planting

After marking or setting out where your tree(s) will be planted, our team will either use pit, slit, or t-notch planting. These are planting methods that are based on the type of tree, location, soil and ground type. It can help to know if the area is drought-prone, or if the soil is clay or stony. If your planting area is near livestock a fence is essential to help protect your tree from damage.

When to Plant Your Tree

It is also important to know when to plant your tree. Generally, it is best to plant when the tree is dormant. This reduces the likelihood of damage. On average the tree planting season runs from November to March, especially for a larger number of trees. This can vary, depending on where you live.

Tree Planting Considerations

Other considerations for planting a tree include whether or not you own the land or if you need permission from the legal owner. Some land you are not permitted to plant trees on includes heathland, wetlands, virgin grasslands, locations with protected species, and of course archaeological sites. But of course, don’t let any of this put you off. These may not be considerations you’d had, but our experienced team deal with these questions all the time. We take great pleasure in helping our customers add beautiful trees to this green and pleasant land.

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