The benefits of planting trees, I hope, is clear, however, there are some words of caution to be associated with this. Planting the right species of tree in the right place is vital for the survival and health of the tree. Hazel and alder are known for their ability to cope with heavy, wet soils, whereas beech is far better suited to the shallow, limestone soils of the Cotswolds and the Chilterns. A hawthorn is smaller and pretty, ideally suited to a garden, whereas an oak will mature at 20-30 metres and will, in time, outgrow a smaller space. The benefits of tree planting need to last the lifespan of the tree, which can be up to 1000 years, so care needs to be taken when choosing your species. Planting trees in pots, although possible, requires much skill and attention, so try to plant in the ground wherever you can, which in turn will promote the longevity of the tree.
Young trees are liable to be destroyed or damaged without some care put in. Regular watering over the hotter, drier months will promote healthy root growth, as will clearing the vegetation away from the base of the tree so the competition for water is reduced. A support system from a stake, with a guard to keep deer, rabbits and pets off in the first few years is invaluable, as is ensuring the tree has been planted at the correct depth – trees planted too deep will succumb to disease and eventual death. Please come to Nicholsons where we can give you good advice and guidance.