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Planting your Tree

Planting Guide


Ideally the planting hole should be at least 1.5 times the diameter and no deeper than the root ball, to give the plant a perfect start in the new and final location.

When digging the hole keep the top soil and sub soil separate so that they can be replaced accordingly. 

Remove any material from the hole which may stop root growth, and loosen the bottom and sides of the hole to make it easier for the roots to establish; this is especially important in heavy soils.


When unloading, trees should only be lifted by the root ball as lifting from the stem can cause considerable damage.

Remove any plastic packaging or bags from the root ball before planting.  Our air-pot grown and root balled trees are dispatched wrapped with hessian and wire mesh.  Do not remove the hessian and wire mesh as they help reduce root damage when planting. They are bio-degradable and will start to decompose quickly, releasing the roots.planting the tree

Untie the head of the tree, and gently tease the branches back into position.


Lower the root ball into the planting hole.  The loose soil in the base of the hole will gradually settle so it is very important that the root ball is not planted too deep. Lay a plank over the hole to show the soil level across the tree pit. Ideally, the top of the rootball should be raised at least 5cm above the level of the soil. 

Backfill the hole and firm down the soil.   If possible, do not reuse compacted or poor quality soil in the hole.  Instead replace it with a high quality plant substrate.


watering the treeAfter planting, create a crater of soil above the rootball, roughly 15cm tall and slightly narrower than the rootball circumference (see picture). This will help funnel water into the root ball, without it the water would simply seep into the surrounding soil.

In the first few years after planting, trees must be watered.  Ensure that the root ball does not dry out and please keep in mind that a tree may need to be watered regularly, even when the weather is damp.  If there is a long dry spell, trees whose roots grow slowly may dry out even in the third or fourth year after planting.


The anchoring of a freshly planted tree can be as important as ensuring it has been planted properly. The new roots have to be able to develop undisturbed, therefore movements due to wind which can affect the roots as well, must be limited. If the trees roots cannot establish, the tree will not grow.

Various types of anchoring systems are available depending on the size and weight of the tree.  Traditional anchoring systems like double staking have always been, and continue to be extremely successful.  If you choose to stake the trees, it is important to use a broad binding that will not strangle the tree. Please remember that the tree stem will thicken in the second year and the binding will therefore have to expand with the stem.

Recently there has been a greatly increased demand for underground anchoring methods like the Platipus anchoring system and Deadman system. These systems are particularly good for anchoring large trees, and provide a cleaner, crisper finish by removing unsightly stakes and ties. Deepdale Trees can supply Platipus anchoring systems to be delivered with your order of trees. For prices, please click here.


We will ensure that the trees arrive to site in good, healthy condition.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to offer any guarantee on the plants.


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Deepdale Trees

Grower of the UK's finest and widest selection of semi mature trees and shrubs.
From our convenient location in the heart of England, we are able to make year round deliveries Europe wide, selecting from over 140 acres of UK production. We are also able to source plants on request through our extensive supply network. Fully plant-passported and therefore able to supply trees throughout the UK and Europe.

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