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Trees are the bones of your garden

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The basis of garden design is to first create the structure or bones of the garden which then allows the rest of the garden to flow from there.  Trees can be regarded as the bones of your garden because they are the framework, creating shelter from wind and noise, create focal, or feature points in the garden and form the basis of the garden theme.

You may wish to have a formal garden, structured with layers from lawn to the trees.  The backdrop of this garden will be the feature trees that frame the garden area.  Alternatively, an informal garden will be designed with focal points and the balance of planting radiating from there.  A New Zealand garden is an example of this design.

Talk to your local tree nursery about suitable trees for each type of garden design and in particular the garden design you want to achieve.  A good example of a formal garden design is the pleached hedge which is generally the backdrop to lower planting.  A pleached hedge is essentially a "hedge on sticks".  The sticks being the tree stem with a clipped canopy above.  Hornbeam, Portugeuse laurel, Bay laurel, Evergreen Magnolia and many other trees are used for pleaching.

If having a landscape architect design your garden make sure he or she is aware of your design requirements and also ensure they match trees to your section size, design requirements and location of trees on your property.

New Subdivision planting

Saturday, March 14, 2015

With the increased building activity in Christchurch in new subdivisions it is very important for property owners who would like to create a nice garden to prepare the garden areas before planting.

The reason for this is that when developed new subdivisions have achieve a level of soil/land compaction to satisfy building foundation requirements.  Compaction is undertaken over the whole subdivision which means garden areas are included.  This compacted soil makes it difficult for trees and shrubs to get established without proper ground preparation.

It is important to dig tree pits twice as wide and twice as deep as the rootball, backfill the hole to the correct depth with a mixture of compost and the original soil and then plant.  With digging a big tree pit you are giving the tree roots space to grow and develop and therefore the tree will grow much better than just digging a hole the size of the tree rootball.

Where shrubs are being planted dig over the garden areas and bring in compost or other organic material to boost the nutrient levels in the soil.  Your plants will love you for this.

Good tree planting.  

Tree planting - this Autumn

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

With autumn now here and the soil moisture content increasing I believe it is the best time of year for planting trees and shrubs, followed by the winter and spring months.

Trees and shrubs planted in autumn establish well through winter and are ready come spring to burst out with new seasons growth, if you've put in the hard work. As Allwood Trees moves into winter we have a very busy tree planting season lined up. This is also when we pot on all our ornamentals. All our senior staff are qualified and passionate gardeners so we are more than happy to help you with advice on how to select and plant the right trees so that they grow well in your garden.

And, you can check out our planting guide if you still have questions.

We have our annual March sale kicking off this Friday 13 March, so come down and take a look at our huge range of trees and shrubs. Sale ends 31 March

Mark Hutching