The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xv. On Planting Single Trees.

Dotted single tree planting

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I have seldom known trees planted singly, or dotted on a lawn, with permanent good effect; because, few who have planted such trees, have courage to take them away after they have begun to grow: for this reason, I have always asserted that it is better to cut down a large tree, which actually impedes the view, than to plant a small one, which will very soon do the same thing.