Trees are large, perennial, woody plants. There is no set definition regarding minimum size of trees, but a tree is generally a plant that is at least 6 m (20 ft) high at maturity. It usually has secondary branches emanating from a main stem (Trunk).
A tree normally has apical dominance - that is to say the growing point of the main stem - trunk - is the dominant factor in determining its shape and ultimately height. A large shrub on the other hand, usually - not always - has a number of branches with no apical dominance. Compared to other plant forms, trees are long-lived. Some species of trees can grow to 115 m (375 ft) tall and can live for a few thousand years.
Trees are important features of our natural landscape. They prevent erosion and are significant elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their food crops (such as apples).
Wood from trees is a common building material. They are also host to huge micro communities and are part of a very important eco cycle. We hope to deal with all questions relating to trees in the garden, and will offer free help and information about all aspect of tree care.
Trees often have a bad press in relation to problems caused by poor siting in the first place, and poor care afterwards. The care regime is probably as a result of the fact that trees in the garden generally look after themselves, with a root systems that are capable of hunting out food at great depths and distances.
Many problems with trees are caused by improper pruning, with little thought being given to the final result some years later.
The Right Tree - in the right place in the garden can be very beneficial. Knowledge of what you are planting is essential, for unlike many garden plants, if the wrong choice is planted in the wrong situation, it takes more than simply a spade to dig it out!
Planting a tree is planting a long-term asset. Make the right choice and you together with your family will have years of benefits. Conversely, make the wrong choice and the asset becomes a liability.
Hopefully our advice about trees will go some way to pointing you in the right direction.
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