The day has finally arrived! We ordered 170 bare root trees from the Arbor Day Foundation and they’re here on schedule. While that sounds like a lot of trees to plant, it was made easier because they are dormant and only about 18 – 24″ tall.
When digging a hole, it’s important to dig wider than what seems necessary as the root system will grow outward and will travel easier through aerated soil. The Arbor Day Foundation will provide all of these instructions once your plants arrive so no worries.
“Plant the tree just deep enough to barely cover the root collar (the uppermost point at which the roots grow out of the trunk), keeping plenty of room for the roots to spread. This is a critical factor for survival and growth. Ensure the tree is not planted deeper that the surrounding soil.”
The final steps include shoveling in the remaining soil, watering the tree, and applying mulch material around the base of the tree to create a protective barrier and hold in moisture. Keep mulch away from touching the trunk of the tree. Follow up the following year with watering every 7-10 days especially during dry periods.
We hope you explore the option of bare root planting as it’s an easy way to get your woodland area established. For more information as to how to find this resource, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation site at: https://www.arborday.org/
Song for Autumn Don't you imagine the leaves dream now how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of the air and the endless freshets of wind? And don't you think the trees, especially those with mossy hollows, are beginning to look for the birds that will come - six, a dozen - to sleep inside their bodies? And don't you hear the goldenrod whispering goodbye, the everlasting being crowned with the first tuffets of snow? The pond stiffens and the white field over which the fox runs so quickly brings out its long blue shadows. The wind wags its many tails. And in the evening the piled firewood shifts a little, longing to be on its way. Mary Oliver