Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Branching Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Branching Out

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Byline: By Hannah Stephenson

As National Tree Week approaches, Hannah Stephenson explains how to choose and plant the perfect type for your garden.

During this warm autumn, leaves have finally changed colour to beautiful russets, warm yellows and copper tones, and some have already been shed ( providing a timely reminder that National Tree Week is almost here.

This is the Tree Council's festival to mark the start of the tree planting season and a nationwide celebration of trees and woods, with events taking place across the country ( including walks, talks, songs, story-telling and tree dressing.

The week, which begins on November 22, will encourage people to plant trees, but where do you start, how do you choose the right tree for your garden and how difficult is it?

If you have an idea of the sort of tree you would like, check that your existing soil is suitable and the final height the tree is likely to reach. Go for a walk and look at neighbouring gardens to see what trees are growing successfully and make a note or ask advice from the person growing them.

If you have a small garden or it is close to other buildings, choose smaller types of tree and find out about the potential risk of root damage to buildings.

If you have plenty of space, you should be free to plant bigger trees.

The smallest trees are transplants, usually seedling-raised, from around 30-150cm in height. They are easy to move, should grow quickly and are especially suitable for planting in a new area of woodland.

Next come feathered trees which have branches to ground level and will therefore need shaping, but have reached a height of 1.5-2m. Trees grown to this stage in pots (container-grown) are often available from garden centres and their roots don't have to be disturbed during transplanting. And such trees are not too large for easy transport by car. …

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