The best thing to do initially is to visit the Palmstead website, click on the magnifying glass and choose ‘Use advanced search’. Here you can select ‘Field grown’ from the ‘Form’ dropdown list to show all the open ground and bareroot stock we have available.
If you are looking to screen something - like perhaps a newly built warehouse – consider planting smaller trees closer to your viewpoint, rather than something huge nearer to your boundary. It’s the old ‘these are small, but those are far away’ scenario.
But don’t plant too close to any buildings, or you could eventually cause problems in the future with foliage growing into your soffits and guttering, or worse still, subsidence.
You’ll also need to check for underground services such as gas, water and sewage pipes (for obvious reasons), as well as electrical, comms and fibre optic cables. Try to get hold of accurate services drawings, consider hiring a Cable Awareness Tool (CAT Scanner) and pipe locater, available from most hire shops; it could save you a lot of unnecessary expense (and pain) in the long run.
While you’re at it, look upwards. Having decided on your trees, you will need to work out roughly how big they’re likely to become when fully grown. If you plant underneath power cables, phone lines or even streetlamps you might have to budget for some high level pruning in years to come.
And last but by no means least, you need to consider access for planting the tree. If you and/or your client have decided on a heavy standard right in the middle of the rear garden, you can be assured that it’s likely to be wide and, as the name would suggest, heavy.
If you have vehicle access right up to the tree pit and a telehandler at your disposal – great! But if the only way into the garden is a pedestrian gateway beside the garage, and then a couple of steps down from the patio, you might need to go back to the drawing board.
For further advice with selecting and planting the right trees, we have a couple of very helpful guides available to download from the Palmstead website: