Plant a tree for Arbor Day! Every year the public is encouraged to plant and care for trees on Arbor Day.
Arbor day is celebrated on different days around the world. In the United States it falls on the last Friday in April, but you can plant a tree to celebrate any day of the year!
In the US, Julius Sterling Morton began Arbor Day in Nebraska in 1872 to help bring attention to the importance of trees.
Morton believed that trees were needed to serve as effective windbreaks, and would provide fuel and building materials. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day in the US!
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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day
Plant a tree for Arbor day. Below you will find a few tree planting tips so you can join the fun!
This post is a part of the Get Outside & Connect Series. Click on the link to learn more about it.
Plant a Tree for Arbor Day Supplies
- Young sapling or this Tree
- Shovel(s) and/or square garden spade
- Garden tarp (recommended)
- Gopher basket (recommended)
- Garden cart (optional)
Plant a Tree for Arbor Day Tips
1. Plant a small tree sapling as opposed to a larger tree in a large pot. Larger trees take a lot more work to plant.
2. Place dirt on a garden tarp as you dig it out, so that replacing the soil in the hole does not damage the surrounding area. Keep track of what soil was dug out first and what soil was dug out last.
3. Dig a square hole as opposed to a round one. When a tree is planted in a square hole the roots of the tree will grow into the soil around it, while round holes tend to cause the tree roots to circle and become root bound.
4. Use a gopher basket to keep the gophers and other rodents from eating the roots and killing the tree. As the tree grows the wire will gradually rust away, and will not constrain the roots.
We made ours using poultry neting. You can also find them at your local nursery or at the link above.
4. Do not add soil amendments to the hole unless absolutely necessary. The roots of the tree may not want to grow out of the soil you have amended if the surrounding soil is too different. In this case they become root bound, just as if they were in a pot.
5. Use a hand cultivator to very gently tease out the roots of the tree after you remove it from the pot before you plant it in the ground. Carefully spread out the roots after you place it in the hole before covering with dirt to plant it.
6. Fill in the hole in the same order you dug it out. In other words, replace the dirt first that you dug out last, and replace the dirt you dug out first last. The idea is to keep the topsoil on top and the subsoil on the bottom. Not to worry… this is not an exact science. Do the best you can.
7. If the tree has a graft (many fruit trees do), make sure it rests just above the soil line and does not get covered when planted. Also, make sure that the graft does not face south. You don’t want it getting hit by the hardest sun most of the day.
8. Water the tree in as you replace the soil in the hole. This will help the soil settle and eliminate air pockets. Trees and plants need to be watered regularly after they are planted, usually at least once a week for the first growing season. Remember, the tree does not have extensive roots at this time.
9. Clean up your garden tools so they don’t rust and put them away. Tools that are well taken care of will last a lot longer.
Every year the public is encouraged to plant and care for trees on Arbor Day. Plant a tree any day of the year using these simple tips. Arbor day is celebrated on different days around the world, but you can plant a tree to celebrate any day of the year. Plant a tree for Arbor Day every year!
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