||Proper weed control prior to planting will help ensure a successful start for your trees. Grass, weeds, and brush can quickly overtake a newly established tree plantation.
What amount of trees are needed?
If planting for an eventual Christmas tree harvest, plant approximately 6 apart, which will require 1100-1200 trees per acre.
For windbreaks, plant approximately 6-8 apart, and determine your linear measure.
For reforestation, plant 8-10 apart, which will require approximately 500 - 700 trees per acre.
For ornamental plantings, a 4 x 5 planting would require approximately 2,200 seedlings per acre, and a 5 x 5 planting would require approximately 1,700 seedlings per acre.
Determining the variety of tree for your site
Always take into consideration the type of soil on the planting site, sun conditions, and whether there is good air and water drainage. Some trees thrive in heavy, wet soils, while others need dry light conditions.
What to do if you are unable to plant when you receive your trees
We strongly advise that you plant your stock as soon as possible when it arrives. If unable to plant upon receipt of trees, try to store in a cool area, away from the sun and wind, open slightly and make sure trees are slightly damp.
Make sure you properly plant trees
Once you have received your stock, get them into the ground as quickly as possible. Trees can be hand planted with a heavy spade or spud, or machine planted. Make sure that the roots are deeply secured in the ground, and that the soil around the tree is firmly packed.
Control weeds after planting
Weed control may be necessary, particularly in richer soils. Trees will be competing with weeds for soil nutrients, moisture, and fertilizer. You may want to eliminate this problem with herbicides and/or mowing. See your local Agriculture Agent.