planting big trees

Who has experience with or has planted large trees? I've been asked to put 3 of 20ft high leylandi and 10 of 10ft high photinia. Just wondering should I planting just the same just with a larger hole? Also more importantly how much is reasonable to price? I'm thinking just under £500 or does that sound to cheap? Bear in mind the size of the pot these things are coming in is about 3ft deep with diameter of about 2ft.

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    • Its a strange choice of tree, I wonder what you would have to pay for one that size?


      • They’re £965 a piece but they are apparently doing 30% on them at the moment!!

        • I didn't even know there was a market for large Leylandii, its amazing that given all the coverage in the media that people still plant them! Sure they make a good hedge but then there are stacks of other hedging options which are reasonably fast growing and make a better hedge with a longer life span!

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    I went on a fantastic CPD day on trees, selection, handling, anchoring, biosecurity etc yesterday from one of the largest suppliers in the UK and learnt so much about the issues.

    Their approach was simple, if it breaches manual handle rules - they mechanise the lifting, loading and delivery both to stop injuries but also to protect the investment in the tree(s) selected.

    Also, guidance on loading, stropping, transporting showing what skills are needed.

    Covered poor staking and the options available.

    Seeing what kit can be used and how was a revelation !

    Saw all manner of trees ready for delivery up to 5000L !

    Loved the service they offer ‘delivery to hole’ or even a full delivery and planting service.


  • I don't see how a pot 60x90cm can work out at 100 or 150kg... even if it's not soil to the top, surely 240litres plus the tree would be heavier than that.

    If i were you I'd convince them to get 10ft trees in 60-80l pots citing less watering, quick establishment, more secure in the wind, massive cost saving and fast growth rates to 20ft possibly in 3 years anyway. 

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