Plants and trees are as vital to a property design as walls and windows are. A brand new garden can look stark and clinical without plants. It acquires a feeling of being ‘lived in’ with the addition of a large tree. A tree provide a monumental, architectural, time-worn, seasoned look as well as being a living, growing, moving sculpture. In this project we installed a 3000L Cape forest chestnut as a feature tree to provide shade and interest to a modern courtyard with a large, reflecting pond.
The logistics involved in craning in a large tree are as follows:
- Source a perfect specimen to suit the layout of the garden and your budget.
- Always weigh the tree and specify a crane to accommodate the specific mass over the distance to be craned.
- Prepare the hole with drainage, soil, compost, and irrigation.
- Let the professionals crane in the tree.
- Engage in a maintenance contract with a large tree supplier to monitor the moisture of the root ball and tweak irrigation requirements for the first year.