Avon, United Kingdom
This is my first question on this site, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes.
I am due to have photinia planted in my front garden by a local building developer who wishes to remove my established pine trees and replace then with photinia. His reasons are in order to make my boundry look more inviting (since it borders the housing development he wishes to build). I am not against this idea in theory. However, I have concerns.
My soil is heavy clay, which I know does not suit photinia. He assures me that he will line the holes with suitable soil for the photinia (which are already 4 metres tall), and will remove sufficient amounts of the old tree stumps to avoid honey fungus.
I asked that he could guarantee that the trees would survive (or that he would take appropriate action if they begin to die). He said he would only so so for the first year.
What concerns me is that one year doesn't sound very long. I am afraid that once the plant gets established then it will suffer from the clay base, and will perish. I worry that this may take more than a year for the roots to be affected, and for it to take some time for a plant of this size to perish as a result.
I have visions that two years later my boundary will be lined with dead trees (which I did not chose to have) and I will be left with the task and expense of replacing them all (long after the developer has sold his houses and left).
What do people think? Is one year enough time to judge whether a photinia of this size has good enough conditions to survive?
Thank you very much in advance.
- 21 Sep, 2011