Archive for September, 2011

Planting And Powerlines

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I’ve ranted on in these logs about planting the right tree in the right place, from time to time (almost constantly according to some), because it is so important to give a tree a fighting chance to succeed and become all it can be over the long haul. Nowhere is it more important to plant the right tree in the right place than where overhead power lines may be nearby. I’ve ranted (occasionally) about using care around utility lines, even the underground ones, and have provided guidance on how to avoid conflicts between the trees and lines. So, for all you fall planters out there, here is another simple reminder diagram (Courtesy of Ameren Missouri) for choosing and planting near overhead lines. It’s good advice for underground lines too. Click the drawing to enlarge. Good planting!

Fall Planting

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Planting trees in the fall can be successful if one avoids a couple of pitfalls:

1. Be sure the planting stock you plan to use has been treated properly at the nursery or garden center where it was held over the summer. Avoid stock, whether or not it’s been containerized, that has been held in a temporary garden center location at a discount store. Check the stem and leaves for drought and pest damage. Be skeptical of stock that is offered at sale¬† or “close out” prices. The better the condition of the planting stock, the better chance it will have of making it through the winter unscathed.

2. Plant the tree correctly, and mulch¬† it generously. Proper mulching will help prevent frost heaving while the root system is still trying to become established. Mulch, mulch, mulch………..

3. If you plant stock that has been freshly lifted from the soil, even if it’s potted or balled and burlapped, be sure to handle it carefully, because it is probably not fully dormant if it was dug up before Thanksgiving (in Missouri anyway). Most trees never go fully dormant until early December, under normal weather conditions, so handling the stock carefully to avoid unnecessary damage to still growing roots and shoots becomes doubly important to insure future success.

Using proper planting and aftercare techniques are always important when planting most tree species, no matter what time of the year, but fall planting can present greater challenges especially since there is a lot of planting taking place before cold weather sets in. Doing the job right becomes critical, if you don’t want to waste time and money. (Click on images to enlarge).

Proper Technique For Larger Trees, B&B or Potted (From: Missouri Dept. of Conservation)