The aim of the standard is to assist and support those that grow, specify and purchase tree stock for the land-scape. It is a series of criteria enabling quality tree stock to be identified and selected. It looks at both the above and below ground characteristics. Using the standard is an important step to ensure that you are getting the best trees available at time of purchase. Combine this with good landscape planning and design, correct planting and establishment techniques and ongoing maintenance, trees will be more likely to fulfil their long term landscape potential in the best possible way.
The word ‘trees’ covers a vast range of Genus and species, grown across an enormous range of varying climatic conditions. ‘The standard provides a method for determining tree stock quality that is flexible in application’ to allow for these different factors. This is why the terms ‘should’ (indicates that the statement is a recommendation), ‘shall’ (indicates that the statement is mandatory), ‘formative’ (integral part of) and ‘informative’ (for general guidance only) are used throughout the standard.
If you have any questions in regard to the standard, or would like to understand it a little better, our sales team are well trained in the standard and would be more than happy to talk through it with you.