A newly planted tree needs some gentle care and guidance

“People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people.”
Bryce Nelson

A newly planted tree needs some gentle care and guidance to help its roots push into the surrounding soil and access the nutrients and water they desperately need. Following our planting team all over the United Kingdom our aftercare maintenance experts hold a wealth of experience in ensuring all our trees establish and flourish in their new homes.

The aftercare team ensure that the trees are getting sufficient water and access to adequate nutrients to sustain a healthy plant typical of its species. Careful monitoring for pests and disease will take place at each visit with the consideration for the impact on the environment being paramount to us which is why we take such care to ensure the planted trees become well established in their new environment.

What you can expect from an aftercare maintenance package

The Plant Health Specialist will arrive in a fully stocked vehicle which includes professional high strength feeds and control measures for pest and disease issues. When required they bring along a 2000 litre water bowser to irrigate any trees not linked to an automatic watering system, especially during heat waves and times of drought when extra water is required.

Visual inspection – an initial site inspection will be carried out where the Plant Health Specialist will look for any indications that extra plant care is required.

Drench feed – Depending on the needs of the plant, a liquid feed can be applied to encourage root establishment into the surrounding soil. Drench feeding is the most efficient way to nourish plants, root establishment being key for the plant’s stability and natural uptake of water and nutrients directly from the soil.

Folia application – The leaves of a plant can tell you a lot about the plants health and can in many situations indicate early signs of a potential problem. It is also how the plant breathes and produces its food. This is why we must keep the leaves as healthy as possible and apply feed when necessary via a spray application directly to the foliage.

Slow release granular feed – Our team will keep this type of feed topped up over the time we are maintaining the plants. Plant species and time of year determine the blends of feed applied. Granules are scattered on the surface of the ground, usually around the circumference of the root system which slowly breaks down into the soil, releasing the correct dosage of feed directly into the root system. This will encourage the plant to grow into its new environment.

Mulching – A circle of mulching such as composted bark will often be applied under newly planted trees which usually covers the diameter of the root ball but can be larger if required. This helps to keep the soil from compacting around the roots by discouraging foot traffic over the area. It also helps retain moisture in the soil by reducing evaporation and suppressing weeds from growing and using the trees resources. If this is installed when the trees are planted, our aftercare experts will keep this topped up. If a circle of mulching has not been installed at the time of planting, our Plant Health Specialist may recommend one to assist with the plant establishment.

Pruning – Regular pruning is highly important for establishing dense hedging, our aftercare experts will only prune at the optimum time of year depending on species and weather conditions. For more information on pruning please download our pruning guide.