Over the past 10 years, it has become accepted industry practice, and highly recommended by landscape architects and designers to contract grow the trees required for major commercial landscape projects. There are many reasons that landscape designers and landscape contractors do this, the same reasons ring true not only for the commercial project, but your large residential landscape project, estate garden, or any project were you want unusual, multiples or special trees.
- Commercial projects typically have long lead times and uncertain completion dates. By contract growing the landscape architect, developer or owner can be sure of excellent quality stock to their planned specification, even in the middle of summer. The same assurance can be critical for a private job, especially when no detail can be left to chance.
- You will not be forced to compromise in your selection/design or be forced to accept what is available when the job is ready for trees.
- You will be given a fixed price for the finished tree(s) at the agreed delivery date, with no inflation factor to consider. At the point of contract there will be an agreed latest date for delivery after which you will know what additional maintenance costs you will incur should you have project delays.
- Airpot-grown trees guarantee you far superior establishment on site, dramatically reducing the possibility of tree failure or poor crown leaf-out in their first season as is typical when using rootballed trees or other types of container grown trees.
- Contract growing ensures that the trees are of the quality, size, trunk height, form and species you planned on and not what you are forced to accept at a later date closer to the planting date. There will be no need to change the design or specification because your first choice is no longer available, ensuring both your own and your customers total satisfaction.
- During project planning and any required environmental impact report, you can market the fact of not only the landscaping you plan to do, but the commitment to your tree procurement and advance purchasing to emphasise your environmental credentials.