The benefits of trees have been proven to impact residents in a multitude of ways. A healthy tree canopy means clean air, fresh water, stormwater mitigation, cooler temperatures, enhanced physical and mental health, as well as natural beauty.
River Birch, betula nigra – A deciduous, fast growing native trees that grows in full sun to partial shade and tolerates moist and wet soils. At full maturity, it can reach 30′ tall and 25′ wide.
Virginia Pine, pinus virginiana – An evergreen, native tree that grows in full sun to partial shade and adapts to a variety of soil conditions. At full maturity, it can reach 50′ tall and 35′ wide.
- Be mindful of how wide the crown of your tree will be at maturity. Avoid all utility lines both overhead and underground.
- Plant your seedling immediately, either in the ground or in a pot. Do not allow the roots to dry out.
- Dig a hole to accommodate the size of the roots.
- Plant the seedling with the root collar at ground surface.
- Partially fill the hole, firming the soil around the lower roots.
- Do not add soil amendments, fertilizer, or chemicals on your new tree.
- Add the remaining soil. It should be firmly but not tightly packed.
- Give the seedling plenty of water.
- Spread mulch 2-inches deep in a 2-foot diameter around the seedling, but not touching the trunk.
- Enjoy your new tree!
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