How To Plant A New Tree
So you have decided to plant a new tree, that’s great. Now, there are a few things to take into consideration. Here is a list you may find very helpful.
1) First off decide what you want from this tree, what is its purpose. Shade, privacy, aesthetics, etc.
2) Next look at the planting sight, how much room are you working with. Do you have a tree in mind? How tall will it grow and how far will is spread out. This is very important as it will affect your choice of species. Obviously you wouldn’t want to plant a redwood tree under power lines.
3) Sun exposure is very important. Some trees need more light than others.
4) Last but not least, what kind of soil are you planting in. some trees are very particular about their soil.
Now that you have selected a good planting sight, you will need to select a healthy tree from the nursery. There are a few types of seedlings. Here is a list of types and what to look for.
1) Bare root seedlings: roots should be moist fibrous and plentiful. Deciduous seedlings should have roots as long as the stem.
2) Containerized: soil plug should be moist and firm. Avoid tall spindly tops.
3) Bailed and bur lapped: root ball should be firm, look for roots adequate for the trees size.
4) Potted: tightly joined soil and roots, cleanly pruned roots no bigger than ¼ to ½ inch. Do not take pots with large circling roots.
Now, dig the planting hole. Many times inside city limits the soil will be compact, offering poor drainage. If this is the case dig a large whole deep enough to add a sandy loam. Anytime you are planting remember, the bigger the whole the better. After the tree is in the whole backfill with the same dirt you dug out. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the trunk (not against the trunk) to keep the soil moist. Contact your local wisconsin tree service company for more information on planting new trees.
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