Planting your tree

Before planting a tree you need to give thought to what is appropriate for your setting. Here are some things you might need to think about before making your choice.

The trees may be small when supplied but give some thought to their final size and avoid planting large trees too close to buildings (within 10-15 metres).

Avoid planting trees on habitats with existing conservation value, such as flower-rich grassland, wetland or heath. And consider natural regeneration on ancient woodland sites as an alternative to planting.

Your tree has been cell grown to give it a better chance to establish once planted. Find out more about cell grown trees.


  1. Plant as soon as possible after purchase and always within seven days of purchase.
  2. If soil conditions are very wet or frozen your tree can be stored for a few days in its packaging in a cool, frost-free place.
  3. To plant, dig a hole large enough to take the roots when fully spread out. Hold the tree upright in the hole and backfill with soil. Shake tree gently to ensure the soil settles properly though the root system. Ensure the root plug is covered with soil.
  4. Tread down firmly and top off with more soil to a level just above the surrounding ground.
  5. Water in thoroughly and keep well watered until established.
  6. We recommend mulching a metre wide circle around the base of the tree with composted bark, manure or grass clippings.
  7. Drive in a short stake or heavy bamboo cane and tie to your tree to prevent rocking while the roots establish. An appropriately sized tree shelter might be required to prevent damage from rabbits, voles, deer and other small mammals.
  8. The best time to plant tree is between November and March, however, cell grown trees can be planted at any time of year if watered when necessary until the root system has established.


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If you would rather order over the phone please call us, note native tree items are only available online.

0330 333 5310

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