Planting trees in lawns
If planting in a lawn, maintain a grass-free circle around the base of the tree extending 50cm from the trunk. If the site is exposed, stake the tree and remove it after one year.
Best tree sizes to buy
- Bare-root or field-grown: cheaper than pot-grown, many bare-root deciduous trees to choose from
- Very small plants: cheap to buy, best grown on for a year in pots or planted in a sheltered nursery bed
- Large, mature specimens: lots available but are more costly, excellent for instant impact, require extra watering for good root establishment
- Fast-growing trees and shrubs such as buddleia, eucalyptus, lavatera and tamarisk establish best when planted small (3-litre pot size)