When choosing the perfect trees for your
location - Take into consideration the following things:
Type of soil -
wet, moist, dry, sandy, sandy-loam, clay.
Sun requirements -
does your site provide full sun, partial sun, shade?
Our professional staff are always ready and willing to
help you choose the perfect tree for your location.
Know what you want? Now it's time to
preparing the planting site -
Survival rates for containerized tree seedlings are good on all
sites including rough sites. However, weed control can help them off
to a good start. This can be accomplished by herbicides and/or
mowing and of course using weed control.
If you are new to the world of planting seedlings, let our
expert guide you to the perfect solution.
Now that you have your location and the perfect seedling
picked out you must care of seedlings before planting -Containerized
tree seedlings shipped in the container give you flexibility of
planting when it's convenient for you. Place the trees where they
will get direct sun for part of the day. Avoid continuous hot sun.
Water thoroughly as needed, generally every 1-3 days depending on
weather conditions. If holding for an extended period of time (more
than 3-6 weeks), elevate styroblocks a few inches on blocks to keep
roots from growing into the ground. The night before planting, water
the seedlings well. This gives time for excess water to drain out.
Planting your Containerized Tree Seedlings - To
extract seedlings from the container, firmly pull at the base of the
stem. Generally the seedlings should come out of the container
easily. If they do not come out easily, tap downward on the top of
the block. Keeping the plugs moist will help make it easier to
extract the seedlings.
The seedlings root plug should be placed 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the
ground surface, and the native soil firmed over the root plug. The
soil around the plug should be firmed up, but be careful not to step
on the seedling! Containerized seedlings may be planted with all
types of planting tools and equipment including mechanical tree
As always we are here to help you every step
of the way
10 Commandments for Tree Seedling Survival
Dr. William Carey, Auburn
, outlines a ten point system to help
improve forest tree seedling survival. At a meeting, sponsored by
International Forest Company, Dr. Carey explains his planting
techniques and insists you give seedlings "tender loving care" from
the time they leave the nursery until planted in the field.
Commandment Number One -
Do not allow seedlings to dry out. - Ample
moisture is the key factor in seedling survival; seedlings must
never be allowed to dry out from the nursery to planting. Plant
immediately in the field. Remember "if they dry, they die".
Commandment Number Two -
Transport seedlings carefully. - Rough
handling can damage root systems and predispose seedlings to stress.
Commandment Number Three -
Avoid temperature extremes. - Fluctuations
in temperature, especially excessive heat, during storage and
transport can result in seedling trauma during outplanting.
Commandment Number Four. -
Plant promptly. - Once
seedlings are lifted, minimize storage time, especially early in the
season and avoid extended transport time.
Commandment Numbr Five. -
Do not trim or prune seedling roots.
- Seedlings need
every single tiny root to absorb moisture and nutrients from the
ground. The more root surface, the better the growth.
Commandment Number Six. -
Do not wash or shake gel from
seedling roots. - Gel
applied to roots at the nursery prevents drying out during
transport, decreases planting shock, and improves acclimation to the
Commandment Number Seven. -
Plant bareroot seedlings after
October, preferably after December 15 and before April. - Cooler
temperatures are more conducive to seedling survival and healthy
Commandment Number Eight. -
Plant seedlings deeply. - Greater
exposure to the soil and its water content - even one-half inch of
added depth of planting - significantly improves survival rates.
Commandment Number Nine. -
Use mechanical planting, if possible.
- Although slightly
more expensive, planting mechanically yields better results and is
an investment that pays off.
Commandment Number Ten -
Do not attempt to plant seedlings
that have frozen in the pack. - Freezing
irreversibly damages the root system, leading to seedling death.
We offer a vast array of trees including:
||Western Red Cedar
||Big Leaf Maple
||Shasta Red Fir
|Port Orford Cedar
||Cedar of Lebanon
||Colorado Blue Spruce
Larger quantities available for landscaping, tree
farming, reforestation and contract growing. We also
offer individually wrapped seedlings for trade
shows, marketing events customer appreciation,
wedding favors, fund-raisers and many other