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Trees


Follow the general planting directions in Easy Steps to Planting Nursery Stock.

Tall-growing trees - Proper spacing is essential to good growth, safe growing, and good-looking landscaping. Trees that will grow taller than 50 feet, such as ginkgos and birches, are best located at least 30 feet from the street and the house. If you have overhead utility lines, be sure to avoid planting tall-growing trees under or near them: a majestic tree will look a little less grand if the power company has to prune one side to maintain safe clearance from wires. Remember, too, that big trees have big root systems, so locate underground power lines and septic systems before you plant to avoid root damage.

Medium-growing trees - Trees that grow up to 30 feet, such as the Japanese Red Maple, are great for framing your house or adding interest to the yard. Make sure to find a spot with room, both above and below ground, for the trees to grow. Consider using medium-to-low trees for natural privacy purposes and shading of the home, but avoid planting them where a visual interruption may cause safety issues, such as spots near intersections or driveway entrances.

Low-growing trees - Trees that grow less than fifteen feet high, like the shrubs for a full appearance.

Winterization - For the first few winters after planting, trunks can be wrapped to protect the bark from sun, wind, insects, rodents and deer. Wrap with paper or special tree wrap, available from your local gardening supply or hardware store. Wrap the tree from the ground to the crotch of the first major branches. Remove the wrapping in the spring.

Pruning - Most trees are pruned before shipment to avoid damage in transit. However, they may need some additional pruning. Prune out crossed limbs and remove broken or injured branches by trimming just outside the branch "collar"--the small, raised area around the branch where it grows from the main stem.



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