Tree Planting – Dave Ford Tree Care

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb.

Planting Trees

The benefits of trees to the environment as a whole are well known, but did you know how many ways they can improve your immediate environment?

Trees cool a property during summer and provide a windbreak in winter, they prevent soil erosion, can enhance the look of your property and provide valuable kerb appeal. Planting a tree is a lasting legacy that can be enjoyed by generations to come.

We provide a bespoke tree planting service. Our arborist will visit and advise you on the best trees and shrubs for your space and the correct time of year to plant. After considering soil type, suitability, size, your budget, allergies (some flowering trees could trigger hayfever), whether the roots could cause structural property damage in the future, whether it will block light from your property or neighbouring properties as it grows, whether its roots or branches overhang your boundary and if the aftercare is manageable, we can offer our professional recommendations.

We source all of our stock locally and will take care of all aspects of tree planting including providing care guides on how to look after your new trees.

Book an appointment with one of our arborists to discuss your plans for new trees.

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Tree Planting FAQs

Things to consider before planting a tree

Is it the right time of year?

Most species of trees and shrubs thrive if planted in the early spring or autumn months, but there are exceptions. We advise on the best time to plant your new trees, taking into account all of the environmental factors.

Will it fit?

It can be difficult to visualise what a full-grown tree will look like in your chosen location. Does it have room to grow to its full potential? An arborist will be able to measure up and ensure you’re making a sensible, sustainable choice.

Will it be safe?

Will the root growth cause structural damage to my foundations? Will strong wind damage bring branches down on my house? Will this species of tree attract pest or blight or cause allergies?

What suits the soil?

To ensure the health of your new tree, you need to ensure that it will thrive in the type of soil it will be planted in. Our arborists can check your soil type and advise on the best species to plant.

Does it suit the space?

What species of tree will look right in the setting aesthetically? Will the colour of the blossoms clash with other colours on your property? Will an exotic tree look out of place in a country garden? When mature will it give you the look and feel you want? Ask one of our arborists to advise you.

Will it affect light?

When fully grown will the tree block light from the property or obscure views? Will it overhang a neighbour’s garden and block their sunlight? Will it provide much-needed shade in summer? Our arborists can talk you through all the considerations and help you choose the tree/s that suit your needs.


Buying and planting a larger tree has the advantage of giving an instant result but has the downside of a higher risk of failure, more maintenance, and a higher cost. A smaller specimen is more cost-effective and requires less maintenance, but will need to be positioned according to its fully-grown size. Speak to one of our arborists about the different options available.


Sadly, many newly planted trees fail due to not being watered or cared for correctly. Young trees need a lot of water and an application of slow-release fertiliser and mulch in the spring. Grass must not be allowed to grow up to the tree, at least half a metre or 1.5 feet radius around the tree should be kept grass-free for the best health of the tree.