Planting / Staking service

We also offer a professional planting and staking service. Whatever you'd like to plant, whether its just a few trees to add some more colour to the garden, a new hedgerow, pleached trees for a screen, or large feature trees, we can help. We cover all tree planting from small saplings to mature trees and instant hedges.

This can include:

  • Marking out the planting position/s

  • The digging of the planting holes

  • Placement of the trees into planting holes and adjustment

  • Securely staking

  • Installing drip irrigation pipe

  • Back-filling the hole with the top soil, and an optional addition of tree and shrub compost, rootgrow or slow release fertilizer

  • Securely staking

  • Watering in as necessary

  • Removal of any excess soil from the site

  • Mulching

  • Aftercare advice and support

If you would like to use our planting / staking service, please contact us for a quote
 

We have included some information if you wish to plant your trees yourself:

 

As a general rule, the bigger the tree that you are planting, the more aftercare it will require. Larger trees need to be more securely staked, especially in a windy or exposed site, and may need regular watering for up to two years after planting to help them establish their roots into the soil. Investing time in properly planting your new tree/shrub, and giving it the best aftercare will ensure that it gets the best start, and will be able to grow much faster than if left uncared for.

 

How to plant correctly -

Our container grown stock can be planted at any time of the year. Bare root or root-balled trees are planted from November to March, while they are dormant.

 

It is best to begin by clearing a metre circle of any grass or weeds around your desired planting location. Then dig a hole at least as deep as the root ball and approximately 2x as wide, this encourages the roots to establish laterally through the top soil which has a higher concentration of nutrients. Then remove the pot or bag and gently loosen the roots, which will encourage them to grow out into the soil. Place the tree into the planting hole, and adjust it so that where the roots meet the trunk of your tree (the collar) is level with the soil surface. Set the tree so it looks straight to the eye. We recommend mixing in some compost with the soil that came out of the planting hole. Back-filling the planting hole with just compost can cause the roots to stay within the fertile compost and not spread out into the soil. Fill in the hole and firm around gently, ensuring there are no air pockets around the roots, and that the stem of the tree stays upright. Avoid banking up the soil around the stem of the tree. If your garden has wildlife visitors, such as rabbits or deer, use a tree guard or spiral guard to protect the trunk of the tree from damage.

 

Water the tree in thoroughly, ensuring the soil settles in around the roots. Then add a 2-4 inches thick layer of mulch. The mulch can be any decomposed organic matter, among the best mulches are; compost, bark, wood chip, mushroom compost or rotted manure. Make sure to leave a small area clear around the base of the tree.

 

How to stake the tree securely - 

Staking is not usually required for smaller trees, however we recommend securely staking any large tree, whether container grown, bare root or root-balled.

The single staking method is used for smaller trees or those planted in a sheltered location. For the single staking method, use a tree stake that is approximately 1/3 the height of the tree. Try to locate the stake on the side of the prevailing wind so that the tree is blown away from the stake so that it doesn't rub. Place the stake at an angle to avoid damaging the rootball, and knock it in until it is firm. Using a tree tie, secure the tree to the stake, keeping the spacer in between the trunk and the stake, to avoid it rubbing.

The double stake and cross bar method is most commonly used for larger trees. Use two tree stakes that are approximately 1/3 the height of the tree. Knock the two posts in opposite one another until they are firmly in the ground. Fix the cross bar to the two stakes, using nails or screws. Use a rubber spacer in between the tree and the cross bar, and securely tie the tree to the bar using tree ties.