Choosing Specimens of Optimal Size
We stock thousands of trees, but not all varieties will be available in all sizes, so establishing early on what sort of size trees you’re after is a great way to quickly get to the most relevant options.
To decide on your optimal size range, we recommend weighing up the three main factors below.
1. Need For Instant Impact
If your reason for planting the tree is to screen out an unsightly view before you put your house on the market, then your need for instant impact is pretty high. If you’d just like to get some autumn colour going in the garden, well… you may not mind starting with a younger tree and watching it gradually mature over the years. Whatever your planting objectives may be, it’s a good idea to work out the dimensions each tree would need to be in order to achieve them (see ‘How to Work Out Dimensions’ below), and how long you’re prepared (or able) to wait for your chosen tree(s) to reach that size.
How to Work Out Dimensions Needed to Achieve Your Planting Objectives
Top tip: try a few different planting positions: due to effects of perspective you will likely find that in certain positions a far smaller specimen will achieve your objectives.
2. Site Access Conditions
Although our planting teams can overcome most site access problems with careful planning, there are a few simple rules of thumb worth bearing in mind to help minimize planting costs. We’ll talk you through the process below, but please feel free to pick up the phone or drop us an email and we’ll work it all out for you.
How To Work Out the Optimum Specimen Sizes for your Site Access Conditions
- Consider the approach to the site and the most logical offloading position. Note any parking or HGV access restrictions.
- Establish the 'minimum access width' for each planting position by walking from the intended position of offloading (usually the road or a driveway) along the path of access to each position, measuring the narrowest width of access along each path and noting any tight corners or obstacles such as steps, soft ground, overhead eaves, etc. along the access paths.
- If you have noted any obstacles or parking/HGV access restrictions, you may wish to ask one of our advisors to help refine the optimum size range for your specimens.
3 metres or More Minimum Access Width
With a minimum width access of 3 metres or more, we can off-load, move and position any tree on our nursery, but here are some size thresholds to bear in mind:
Under 160L. If you are only considering one or two specimens, then trees with pot sizes under 160L are usually most economical to plant, as they don’t normally require use of an HGV or forklift.
160- 200L. We can sometimes manoeuvre stock of this size into position without recourse to heavy machinery, which, if you are only planting one or two trees, can save on planting costs. If you’ve seen something you like in this size range, but are keen to keep planting costs to a minimum or wish to avoid having any heavy machinery on site, it’s well worth discussing possibilities with an advisor.
201-1200L. Trees of this size can usually be planted with relative ease using our specialist handling equipment, and are well worth the increase in planting cost for the impact they provide.
Over 1200L. Planting truly majestic specimens such as these need some careful planning and a little more investment in planting, but provide spectacular instant impact.
3. Budget Considerations
You need only glance down our stocklist to see that we cater for an extremely wide range of budgets. Our advisors are here to advise, not ‘sell up’, so we’d encourage you to speak candidly to them about your budget so they can tailor their suggestions accordingly.
For example, if you’re struggling to achieve your planting objectives within your budget, they may be able to suggest faster growing varieties which will give a similar effect at a more economical cost, or find opportunities for significant savings simply by downsizing a specimen slightly to reduce planting costs.
The same applies for those in the pleasant position of having quite a generous budget to work with. We have a vast range of trees at a vast range of sizes and price ranges, so it’s very helpful for your advisor to have some idea where to start with their suggestions.