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Help & Advice

Help & Advice

We are committed to ensuring that we offer you the very best advice so you are fully prepared when it comes to receiving, planting and caring for your plants.

Using our vast experience, we have carefully prepared an extensive range of advice notes. These can be read online, or, alternatively, printed out in a handy PDF format.

We have also made instructional videos. Click on the videos below to view.

How to check your plants on arrival 

How to store your plants over winter if you are unable to plant them immediately

How to notch plant a bare root tree

How to attach tree tubes and stakes

  1. How to care for your plants upon receiving your order.

    Your trees or hedging should be planted within around a week of delivery or collection.

    During that period, the plants should be kept tightly sealed within their bags to avoid any drying out of the roots. The bags themselves should be stored in a cool, dry place and out of the elements. Any overnight frost contact with the bags could be damaging to the roots within.

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  2. How to plant your trees, hedging or shrubs.

    Barerooted plants can be either notch planted or pit planted. The notch planting method is more suited to plants with a smaller root structure, whereas pit planting may be employed for plants with a larger more fibrous root structure.

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  3. How to protect your plants against animal damage.

    It is essential when planting bareroot stock to protect them from rabbit, hare or deer damage and can be considered false economy to try and get away without if there is a risk about.

    You only need one rabbit to come along overnight and cause devastation!

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  4. How to prepare and plant a hedgerow.

    Careful planning is required in order to establish a healthy hedge. Consideration should be given to existing ground vegetation and the general condition of the ground along the proposed hedge line.

    We recommend that existing vegetation growth is flailed or strimmed and that any remaining weeds and grasses are sprayed with a suitable herbicide prior to planting. This will provide a clean bed for the plants, increase the quality of the planting and reduce weed growth during the following spring and summer.

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  5. How to plan and undertake woodland planting.

    Consideration should be given to; type of woodland and its objectives, woodland layout, tree spacing, species choice and protection.

    Trees can either be planted in rows at regular intervals, in curved lines or randomly spaced. Planting in rows simplifies future maintenance, especially if a mower is to be used to control vegetation.

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  6. How to maintain your plants to increase survival and growth rates.

    To increase the plants prospects for survival and subsequent growth rate, the implementation of a maintenance programme is essential.

    When planting barerooted stock it is not unusual for natural losses to occur. Always budget for a small percentage of failures to be replaced ('Beat-up') in the first two years following planting.

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Plant Welfare Guide

Download as PDF 

Download our free plant welfare guide containing everything you need to know about planting and caring for your plants - a handy pocket guide that is sent out with every order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still got a question? Find out everything you need to know about selecting, ordering, receiving, planting and aftercare for your plants in our FAQs.