Tree Planting: Preparing and Planting a Scots Pine Tree / by Charlie Noton

Our client asked us to screen a neighbouring new build which overlooked their summerhouse and pool. We needed a tree with significant spread that would fit with the general design of the garden and provide all year round screening. We found the perfect tree, a Scots Pine, in Belgium. This tree had added appeal for our client due to her Scots heritage! 6m-7m tall and 7m-8m wide, the width dimensions of the tree presented transport challenges and our 'convoy exceptionale' was escorted, front and rear, by the police. As you can see below, the tree does a successful job of screening the new build and our client can now enjoy the privacy of her garden with the added bonus of a shaded dining area.

Charlie Noton, Lead Consultant, Tree Research
 Before...

Before...

Here is the tree at the nursery in Belgium. The tree was last transplanted two years ago. On arrival, we started the excavation to prepare the rootball of the pine tree. We then raised the pine tree, wire wrapped the rootball with wire and hessian and transported the tree to Oxfordshire for replanting. 

The time lapse video below shows the stages involved in moving and preparing the tree.

 After...

After...

 The pine tree at the nursery before the move

The pine tree at the nursery before the move

Source: http://www.treeresearch.co.uk/journal/2016...