The more mature a tree is, the greater the benefits. Why? The team from Mt William Advanced Tree Nursery has the answers.
Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’ grown at Mt William Advanced Tree Nursery and planted into the streetscape
WHY PLANT MATURE SPECIMEN TREES?
Planting an advanced tree can be a quick and efficient way to provide shade and dense screening, and can immediately improve the aesthetics of your landscape. A large tree can help with cooling residential areas by providing shade for houses and playgrounds, improving air quality, and stabilising soils that are prone to erosion.
When looking to create a private backyard, installing mature trees will not only save growing time but will also reduce noise from nearby neighbours. It can also minimise any further pruning, as this will be completed through the juvenile stage by the supplier.
Trees, particularly those that are planted into urban environments, can face difficult circumstances and growing conditions. A common misconception regarding tree size is that planting a smaller specimen is a much safer option and the tree will grow faster to catch up to older trees. While this may be partly true in some cases, a well-developed root system should always allow a tree to grow quickly and thrive through the establishment period, regardless of the container size.
No matter what size tree is planted, the rate of growth depends on proper maintenance during the established period, which can last from three months to three years depending on size, when it was planted and the environmental conditions. Trees will establish quicker in warmer climates. All trees need regular irrigation during establishment; the amount depends on the climate with temperature and rainfall being the main influences. Adequate irrigation promotes quick establishment by encouraging rapid root growth in the landscape soil.
Mt William Advanced Tree Nursery is currently growing species like maples, plane trees, Chinese elms, linden trees, ash trees and oaks among many others in 100L, 200L and 300L air root pruned containers.
Air root pruning is where the root tips are guided to holes (cusp) in the side of the container and holes in the base where they desiccate. Several new roots emerge and each new root grows to a cusp and desiccates. This process repeats again and again, causing an exponential increase in root development.
When this process occurs, the root loses its apical dominance and root branching occurs, which in turn gives the root system a far greater capacity to absorb water, nutrients and a greater capacity for the tree root system to establish into the surrounding soil after planting.
Contact Mt William Advanced Tree Nursery today via the links below for more information and to specify a range of mature trees for your landscape.