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How to prepare ground for planting trees

At buy-trees-online, we are often asked how to best prepare ground for planting trees. Many people might have seen Monty Don dig huge pits on Gardeners' World and backfilling the tree with compost and bucket-fulls of water. All seems a bit like hard work really!The trees on our nursery are designed in an entirely different way and professionals can plant one in less than a minute! The key is the tree's root plug. The big trees which Monty has been planting were grown in round tubs for extended periods and so are susceptible to become pot bound, where the tree ...read more

30 October 2013 at 14:17 / Comment

Growing Trees in Britain - A Nursery Perspective

It is a feature of our lovely land that even something as joyous as tree planting can be affected by media hype. I was recently walking through our tree nursery and stopping with our nursery manager to look at our Ash stocks. We had 120,000 very healthy ash trees on the nursery with a government ban stopping any tree nursery moving any ash trees at all. So we took the hard decision to burn all those healthy trees to make way for other species. As the tide of 'progress' marches on, we sat down in our nursery office and considered ...read more

18 October 2013 at 10:37 / Comment

An Ode to the Red Oak Tree

We British love our big Oak trees, whether it be Sessile Oak or Pedunculate (Common or English) Oak. But if you want the majesty of an oak tree with a little more interest, then the Red Oak tree could be for you.The Northern Red Oak tree (Quercus rubra) is actually a native of North America which the great Victorian plant hunters brought back for us to enjoy in our gardens. The 'red' moniker refers not only to the unusual red tinge to the timber, but also to the glorious autumn display when the trees' leaves turn a lovely colour ranging ...read more

10 October 2013 at 10:59 / Comment

Crab Apple Recipes

So here we are after a glorious summer, looking forward to long walks through colourful woodlands, breathing in the crisp, fresh air and making the most of outdoors before the winter nights approach. And for tree lovers, this is one of the best times of year as fruit and hedgerow trees bear their fruit.And this year, most areas of the country have experienced a bumper crab apple crop. There could be many reasons for this, but perhaps the most likely is that last year's wet summer was very hard on all fruit trees, causing them to 'agony flower' during this ...read more

01 October 2013 at 09:10 / Comment