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General Advice

You will find our website is full of information and guidance to assist you with  planting and aftercare. Please read the Planting Guide, and the Notes on Choosing and Planting Fruit Trees, if appropriate, before ordering your trees. However, if you still need more guidance, then contact us for some help or to arrange a visit to the nursery for advice. 

The information and advice contained here, within the catalogue and in the various guides is the result of 30 years of experience in the business and relate directly to conditions in the "wet west". As such, it is of benefit to anyone planting trees from Caithness to Cornwall. Equally people who live further east and are on heavy clay soils benefit from our guidelines. In many cases, our advice flies in the face of much supposed traditional wisdom and many books. It is our experience that much that is published on tree planting originates from authors in South East and Midland England and is of less use the further north and west you live or work. We know our guidelines work, because our customers tell us. However, some ignore us and come back with horror stories, before seeing the light.

Please note that we will not accept any responsibility for post planting losses, where the customer has deviated from our recommendations for planting and aftercare.

For a simple guide to planting, establishment and formative pruning of ornamental and fruit trees please read our Planting Guide, and download if required.

For information regarding trees showing resistance to Honey Fungus click here.

Some 'don'ts' to remember :-
  • Don't dig huge planting holes.
  • Don't plant large trees where small ones will do better.
  • Don't stake trees if they don't need it.
  • Don't tall-stake trees. If the tree needs staking, use a short one merely to anchor the roots.
  • Don't use a strimmer around the base of trees.
  • Don't put organic material in the planting hole. Use it as a surface mulch after planting.
  • Don't allow grass or weeds to grow around the base of the tree for at least 2 to 3 years after planting.
  • Young trees need to move in the wind to build strong stems and promote root extensions.
  • If young trees need a little support, loosely tie them to a cane, still allowing some wind movement.
  • Trees planted as small specimens, normally catch up and overtake those planted large, within ten years.
  • Large luxury tree pits with broken up soil and added organic matter act as sumps in wet weather and on heavy soils. Trees can rot in them and die before they grow away or develop crippling cankers.