10 reasons to resin bound a Tree Pit surround

Category: Paving, Sureset Blog

Posted 18th January 2016 by Ben Shave

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Trees are important to have in our streets and gardens, not only do they provide us all with that important oxygen they produce, but they also offer open areas privacy, and hot sunny spots a cooling shade as well as UV protection. Trees are a home for wildlife and most importantly contribute to combating climate change by cleaning the air and cooling streets which all help to conserve energy. 

So, highlighting just a few of the amazing things trees provide us with, to treat them should not be too much to ask.. 

Ideas on how to treat trees.  

Trees are beautiful in their own right; howeverwith our ever-evolving world, we should consider ways to keep and treat a tree by including them into a new build renovation, make them practical opposed to not keeping it. They can be even more versatile to their surroundings, a feature even, and here are a few ideas on what you can do with a tree 

  1. Create a pretty flowerbed around the truck of the tree, raise the flower bed using bricks or similar, line with weed control, fill with soil and start to arrange a colourful flower bed.  
  2. You could apply the same concept as above (although you would not need to raise the areas as high) and use loose natural aggregates, plum or blue slate, rounded Italian marbles or even recycled glass chippings that are available in various colours. 
  3. Create a quiet seating area around it, they have a calming effect and are proven to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing too. 
  4. Build a den! not all children or parents like heights or the idea of their child being up there so why not create a less worrying space for play at the base of the tree… make a barrier with a picket fence and include a gate (secret password on entry only!) Fill the space with cushions, and some of their favourite toys – perhaps an outdoor kitchen, go the extra mile and add a canopy using an old bedsheet – they will love it! 
  5. Pave around a tree, install your decking around the tree, making it a feature in any public park or talking point at a garden party.  

 Another practical paving solution would be resin bound paving, due to its ability to allow air and water to reach through to the roots and simply provide a smooth finish. It’s known to be a practical and safe choice for trees surrounds, and other benefits to include:

  • Prevention of water pollution and reduce water runoff;
  • Acts as a natural sound barrier, like trees themselves;
  • Aesthetically pleasing and can be incorporated into any surrounding due to the broad colour selection;
  • Overall increasing property appeal. 

How to keep trees with minimal maintenance?

Tree pits are ideal and seen around most trees in public places, the most popular types are metal grille, soil and resin bound. Whilst very decorative, metal grille tree pits inadvertently create somewhere for litter and leaves to gather and can also be a trip hazard. While soil tree pits quite often end up looking like an ashtray or dog toilet. 

10 good reasons to choose a resin bound tree pit

  1. A quick, easy way to instantly improve the appearance and reduce maintenance
  2. Porosity allows water to reach the roots while providing protection and allowing growth
  3. The smooth, stone free finish eliminates the build-up of litter and leaves and keeps it looking tidy
  4. When laid around mature trees with exposed roots potential trip hazards are reduced
  5. They are installed by an approved team and covered by a 21 year guarantee or available for self-installation using a DIY Kit® or TradePack®  
  6. Tree pits do not require a solid base
  7. From a huge choice of colours, a resin bound tree pit can complement or contrast adjoining surfaces
  8. A clean finish up to an edge including kerbs, pin kerbs, plastic lawn edging, wood and timber, marble setts or aluminium edging can be achieved
  9. LED or fibre optic lights can be incorporated, providing additional safety benefits
  10. Resin bound tree pits can be included into driveways, pathways and hard landscaping designs.

Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked…

How easy is it to clean a resin bound tree pit?

See for yourself just how easy it can be to maintain resin bound paving.

How long does it take for a SureSet resin bound tree pit to cure?

SureSet tree pits can be walked on after six to eight hours after installation –  we would always recommend leaving it 12-24 hours if possible.

How long will a SureSet tree pit last?

SureSet permeable paving installations come with a 21-year guarantee, our own experience and knowledge suggest it will last more than 25 years.

How much does a resin bound tree pit cost?

Your installation is unique to you and so individually priced. We consider your location, size of your project and the stone you choose. Our quotations are free of charge, with no obligation and can be arranged by contacting us. Our self-install TradePack starts from as little as £750.00 which gives a coverage of 15m² we recommend a 40mm depth for tree surrounds. 

What base is suitable for resin bound tree pits?

SureSet can be laid on a new tree pit base of crushed compacted type 3 stone or on an infilled SureCell base.

Do I need planning permission?

No, 2008 government legislation states that you do not need planning permission if the surface is permeable (or less than five square metres).

Read more about our Tree Pits and download a brochure, maintenance guide or specifications. If you have any other questions please just contact us and we will be happy to help – please call on 0800 612 6501 or email us.

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*Source: treepeople.org 

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