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Tree planting

So you want to plant a tree! First, ask yourself – have I taken the time to research tree planting before I race down to the local garden centre to buy one?

Gardencentre staff often seem to be overrun with customers and we prefer not to wait around for what seems an eternity for their advice.  So we head off  to the tree section, looked for the best looking fast growing specimen we can find and plant it as soon as possible.

Sound like you? Take a Breath!

Staff at garden centres are always busy because they are being asked the same questions you want to know about – the pros and cons of planting certain plant species.

Before you even head off to buy one consider whether you are looking for an evergreen, a fruit bearer or a flowering variety?  Do you need to fill a small or large area? Will it be used for shade, privacy, a windbreaker or to attract wildlife? Or are you simply looking for a particular colour?

You should also take into account other factors that adding a tree or two can do.  Will it:

1. Increase the value of your property.

2. Reduce your heating and cooling bills.

3. Be a symbol for celebration or memory.

4. Be a place for the kids to climb and eventually build a tree house.

Although there is a lot to think about, quite often the most important factor escapes our careful planning – selecting the right tree for the right site.

When considering the most appropriate tree for your house, give some thought to the following to ensure you cover all necessary segments of your garden planning –

  • The distance between your property and that of your neighbour’s.
  • The potential effect of overhanging branches or roots on any building/structure or foundations.
  • Determine the height, width and shape your space can comfortably cater.
  • The windows, sheds or paths a tree’s branches could impede.
  • Clear access to essential services such as electricity, gas and water meters.
  • The location of your essential service infrastructure and the effect the tree’s root system could have on these services.

A few tips you may like to keep in mind are –

  • Plant trees a minimum of three to four meters from essential service infrastructure if possible.
  • Select small, slow growing varieties as they are easier to manage and replace (if necessary) before the root system becomes out of control.
  • If you have fast growing trees, replace them every 10 years to limit root damage.

For the ultimate preparation and to start you off in the right direction contact Dial Before You Dig or call them on 1100 to enquire on the location of your underground services.



One Comment

  1. Posted 13th October, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
    greg holding
    greg holding says:

    Another tip Brendan is if you have Solar Panels be mindful as a tree or branch can shade out a panel and the solar wont work

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