Karen Martin, of Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice, & the Environment, is once again giving away tree seedlings at our Earth Week Plus Expo. For 2018 she is giving Sugar Maple seedlings on a first- come first- served basis. Here are Karen’s directions for successfully planting your new Sugar Maple seedling:
1. Store seedlings in cool dark place, plant within 1 or 2 days!!
2. Select your location. Using a strong spike-like instrument, shove it straight into the ground. Needs to be deep enough to accommodate the roots.
3. With spike-like tool wriggle in a stirring motion to widen the hole. (I use an extra long screw driver).
4. Gently place roots into the hole. Here’s how the experts explain it:
Insert the root system to the bottom of the hole, then slightly lift up the seedling to its desired planting depth. This technique improves the likelihood of keeping the tree roots straight. The “root collar” is the transition between the tree-stem and the root-stem. The root collar should be slightly below the ground surface.
5. This next step is EXTREMELY important. In order to “burp” air out of the hole, using a small spade or such, go around the hole about 7 inches away, and push the earth towards the seedling, do this all the way around. Fill the cavity you created with dirt or sand, tamp down.
6. IF your ground is soggy from spring melt you may not need to water yet. If ground is dry: WATER.
THE above method has been 100% successful for me. My main problem: protecting seedlings from rabbits—they will bite and eat young seedlings. I use old drainage pipe pieces to protect my young trees—when tree is older protect with tree wrap. I use 2-3 atop each other in the winter—when rabbits do most of the damage.
THANK YOU FOR PLANTING A TREE FOR EARTH DAY–Consider making it a family tradition
“I planted a sapling that was 2 1/2 – 3 feet back around 1985-87. Around 30 years ago. In the photos you see me standing by it holding a yardstick representing the height it was at planting time. The roofline of the house is about 20 feet, thus this tree has grown to about 35 feet, and it grew out as well as up.” Karen Martin.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Here is a link the Michigan DNR Forest Web Page. Click here.