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Re: planting 80 oak trees

Message from Ruskins Trees

In forum: Trees and shrubs

It is not just the root growth, it is the ability of the roots to draw moisture across the soil from under the wall and house. The main concern over this is if you have shrinkable clay, which is desiccated in summer (shrinks) and swells (when moist in winter).

If not clipped these will mature eventually into massive majestic trees (google Quercus ilex images). If you restrict their canopy size on an on-going basis you also restrict their moisture requirements. A Tree Consultant could advise you on this risk.

They can make excellent clipped aerial hedges, we have supplied and planted many, Please request aftercare guidelines and planting instructions from your supplier, the trees will need assistance establishing for at lease 5 summers as per BS8545:2014.

It will be a dense functional screen, if a bit monochrome, but you can plant more ornamental specimens in front and these will be enhanced by the plain background.

You could install a root barrier (if the right product is used and installed correctly - there are a lot of "root barriers" that are not deep enough to have the desired effect) to stop the wicking of moisture across the soil from the wall/house.

  • Posted: Sun. 15th November 2015 09:19

pruning evergreen oaks

Question from John Weston

In forum: Recommended products

I have a Quercus Rysophylla ( Mexican evergreen oak) which was planted 3 years ago. It is growing well but has a thin trunk, now standing at about 10ft tall. It is well-staked but is being buffeted by autumn winds. I can find no information about pruning but feel that it needs to be reduced to prevent damage . Any suggestions about timing please?

  • Posted: Mon. 21st October 2013 13:01

Top 10 searched for plants in Shoot

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Plants most searched for in Shoot

This week the most poular plants (top 10 list) searched for in Shoot includes:

Triteleia Queen Fabiola
Viburnum tinus
Alchemilla mollis
Carpinus betulus
Choisya ternata
Quercus robur
Salvia nemorosa
Stipa tenuissima
Clematis armandii
Lavandula angustifolia

  • Posted: Thu. 7th July 2011 10:43

Serious screening

Message from Matt Nichol

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Sophie,

You have answered many of your own questions in a round about way. You have clearly done your research and have an idea of what you want.

An area like this, especially 'front of house' needs a more restrictive palette of plants, be bold in your selection, the use of repeat is great here and will give a consistent design. I am assuming it is a relatively modern house?

Photinia is not my favorite of plants, as lend to have a lax habit if left unclipped. Windy evergreen tolerant standard plants are few and far between. Quercus ilex is often used for this in formal schemes, but due to slow growth rate is an expensive plant to buy and can be a bit boring and will get v. big if left unchecked, so not good so close to house. I would prefer to see Pyrus 'Chanticleer' or a Carpinus 'Fastigata' or even a clipped pleached Carpinus 'stilted' hedge. Why do you need the screening above the 2m fence? If you put in the trees provided they are not too close to the house, you could underplant with a mass of Calamagristis 'Overdam' (tall upright grass') and interplant with tulips for early colour and the odd Verbena bonariensis at the back for long flowering during the summer. Some colourful climbers on the fence, perhaps three Clematis 'Markhams Pink' would work well with pink tinge in grass stems and using the repeat again looks deliberate.

The apples confuse the issue I think, but it depends if you are going for a plant collection or a particular style of planting, whatever that may be. My suggestion may be too contemporary?

Happy to get your feedback. With regard to survival, lots of organic matter in soil and feed regularly, will help all the plants no end. A mulch help moisture retention which may be an issue.

Matt Nichol MSGD
http://www.broadviewgardendesign.co.uk
http://www.sgd.org.uk

  • Posted: Thu. 4th June 2009 18:25

Quercus rubra

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Quercus rubra

It was introduced from North America as a decorative tree. It has a life spam of approximately 180 years. In its native America, the tannin-rich bark was used for tanning leather.

  • Posted: Sat. 23rd May 2009 09:26

Quercus robur

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Quercus robur

Very few gardens have room for a full-sized oak tree but this species is massively important in wildlife terms. It supports more species of insects and invertebrates than any other - a staggering 350 species of insect depend on the leaves, galls, acorns and heartwood of oak. Acorns provide food for many birds and mammals. Older trees with holes offer nesting sites for birds and roosting places for bats.

  • Posted: Thu. 14th May 2009 16:30