How to Plant a Tree
Bare-root Seedlings Insert shovel blade straight down into the ground and move it back and forth to make a V-shaped opening. Push roots into slot, pointing down, leaving tree stem at its original depth in the soil. Step on soil alongside slot to close the opening. Water well.
Larger Saplings; Bare-root, Potted, or Ball and Burlap Dig a hole twoce as big as the root ball. Remove burlap and insert tree to original depth. Carefully replace soil around roots, packing with hands to leave no voids. Gently step on loose soil to compress it without breaking roots, dishing up the edges of the hole to hold water. Water well.
Water new trees with an average of five gallons per week for the first summer.
Suggested Native Trees for Shade
Tilia america (Basswood)
Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree/Yellow Poplar)
Basswood and Tulip Trees also provide nectar for our beleaguered pollinators.
Nyssa Sylvatica (Black Gum)—beautiful red fall color
Expand your knowledge
Consider a non-credit course geared towards the forest landowner who wants to learn more about forests or forest management. This course provides you with the tools to develop a forest stewardship plan for your property. The next course is scheduled for fall 2016. For more information, please visit: http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course
For more information about the University of Maryland Extension Woodland Stewardship Education program in general, visit their site here: http://extension.umd.edu/woodland
Keep up to date on invasive plants and trees in your area by reading articles we find for you like this one on the Bradford Pear Tree
Check out the lectures from the 2017 Winter Workshop here!
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