As Tree surgeons, we advise you to think about where you’re planting in relation to your house. Your neighboring homes and any other buildings. And of course, will it still fit the space you have in mind?
Some roots and branches may spread beyond the boundaries of your property and trees can cause structural damage. Be aware of places where limbs may fall or roots might grow.
Larger planting projects Make sure you are clear on your reasons for planting and how you will maintain the woodland longer term. This will impact your tree planting plans.
You will also need to consider the following carefully:
Planting position It’s important to think about the final size and spread of the trees and how you will use the site as the trees grow. This can avoid needing a tree surgeon.
Try not to plant under existing trees, as shade and lack of water will seriously restrict growth. Allow plenty of distance from existing hedges as they could swamp the growth of new trees. And you’ll need access to the hedge for future maintenance.
Some species like poplar, alder, and willow grow well in damp areas but no trees like permanently wet ground. If you are considering planting near the main river you will need to talk to the Environment Agency. Or equivalent, as tree planting may not be allowed.
Spacing will depend on what you want from your trees. Our Tree Surgeons recommend you plant in wavy lines and vary the spacing across your site.
This will enable you to balance more densely planted sections with open areas for a natural look and feel. Plant small groups of the same species together this will help reduce competition between different species as they grow.
We recommend planting about two feet apart, but you can plant 1.5 feet apart depending on your space and plan. If you’re planting a single hedge, place trees 36 inches apart.
For a thick hedge, plant a double row of trees in a zig-zag pattern. Space your rows 2 feet apart, with 40-45 inches between each tree.