Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are indispensable garden subjects as they bring character, structure and balance to the garden. They require little care and attention and will bring enjoyment for many years. The range has everything from large majestic trees to handsome and practical green hedges to fine, compact shrubs. We have so much confidence in our products that we give a five-year growth guarantee. See the range of trees and shrubs below.

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Trees and shrubbery are indispensable because of their pretty foliage and colourful blossom. They add height and structure to a garden. For every space in the garden there’s always a suitable tree or shrub – whether it’s hot, dry, cool, damp or shady. It’s best to plant trees and shrubs in spring or autumn as this is the time that they are in their dormant period. Prior to planting, soak the roots of your tree or shrub in a large bucket of water and then prepare a spacious planting hole. Porous soil helps the roots to establish quicker. Improve the soil from the hole with added compost and plant nutrition. If potted, remove your tree or shrub very carefully. If it’s wrapped in jute only remove this as you plant it in the hole. It’s essential not to damage the roots, it is important that the fine hair roots absorb moisture and plant nutrition properly. The top of the root ball, sometimes with a noticeable grafting point, should come to just slightly below soil level. Half fill the hole and soak the plant generously to water it in. Ensure plenty of support if required, now’s the time to add whatever you’re using. A nice sturdy pole or two is handy for tying the tree or shrub to – there are special ties available. Fill the hole with the remaining soil and water again.
Caring for trees and shrubs
All newly planted trees, shrubs (conifers incl.) require extra water during their first year. Especially in the summer. They are also sure to thrive if you give them a nice thick mulch of well-rotted manure and compost in early spring. Forking it lightly in helps, but it can also just be tipped onto the soil under the tree or shrub. Weed by hand instead of using the hoe around the base of the trunk. Shrubs such as rhododendrons have very shallow rooting so definitely always pull the weeds out by hand. Once your tree or shrub is established you could perhaps add bulbs, annuals or perennials around the base.
Pruning tips for trees and shrubs
In order to keep the flowering shrubs and hedging compact means regular pruning. Bushes that flower in spring (before June 21) can be lightly cut back after flowering. Bushes that only flower after June (like the hydrangea) can be pruned a little stronger early in the spring. Sometimes you may notice an unusual branch (called a sucker) growing from the base of a tree, it is best to remove these branches as soon as you spot them. Leafy hedges are usually pruned twice a year – April and September. For flowering hedges, the pruning time is after flowering or in winter. With trees, the rule is, if they are the type where sap rises in early spring you should only prune them once they are full of foliage. Maple for instance, do not prune until July. Pruning is best done on a dull day. This gives them more time to recover and ‘heal’. Of course the good news is that at we supply the right pruning implements.
For more tips on planting and caring for trees and shrubs, check our gardening advice pages online.