Tree planting tips

Over 500 species of tree grow happily in Ireland. Picking the right one isn’t easy, so take time to choose the right tree for the right place and purpose.

The importance of buying good quality trees of the right size and planting them well cannot be underestimated. Good aftercare is the difference between the success and failure of your tree’s establishment.

You must:

  • Control grass and weeds around newly planted trees
  • Protect trees from damage by animals
  • Check your trees regularly

If you are planting a large quantity of trees, consider how you could turn your woodland into a haven for wildlife. This will enrich the wildlife value of your trees and add to the overall enjoyment of your investment.

We have a wonderful book for sale, full of information and inspiration:

“Badgers, Beeches and Blisters” Tree planting and woodland ownership By Julian Evans and Ken Gill Price €18 including post & packaging. This book makes a wonderful gift.

…an easy-read guide to get one started on the basics of growing and caring for trees.”

Joe Barry, Crann Director

Please refer to the ABC Publications below for invaluable information:

October to April

  • Clear back vegetation and pit plant 40-60cm or 60-90cm whips
  • If possible plant trees 2′-3′ outside the line of the hedge. This makes subsequent management of the hedge easier
  • Protect with tree shelter
  • Put in a marker that protrudes from the top of the hedge to identify its position for subsequent management operations

Recommended Irish native and naturalised hedge trees and shrubs

Select species from the suitable list that are common to your area.



  • Ash – shallow rooting
  • Oak – deep rooting


  • Alder – damp sites
  • Willow


  • Wild Cherry – good timber
  • Bird Cherry
  • Birch
  • Whitethorn
  • Blackthorn
  • Spindle – chalk soils
  • Crab Apple
  • Whitebeam
  • Holly
  • Rowan


  • Evergreens (except holly)
  • Yew – poisonous to stock
  • Sycamore – casts heavy shade
  • Beech – casts heavy shade
  • Horse Chestnut – casts heavy shade
  • Lime – casts heavy shade
  • Aspen – tends to sucker
  • Elder – suppresses other species