Tree planting

Care of Newly Planted Trees

Many recommended practices for newly planted trees have changed in recent years. Here are some tips that will give newly planted trees a better chance to survive and thrive.

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How to Plant a Tree

Proper planting is critical to the establishment of healthy, thriving trees. The planting guidelines below have been developed to help new trees get off to a successful start. The recommendations are based on nationally recognized standards as well as experience compiled by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Nebraska Forest Service. The recommendations assume that an appropriate tree has been selected for the planting site and that the site is suitable for planting.

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Mulch Fabric

Mulch fabric, sometimes referred to as “weed barrier” or "black plastic", has become a useful tool in establishing conservation tree plantings in Nebraska and across the Great Plains region. The material is a black polypropylene fabric with the appearance of tightly-woven burlap. It is recommended and used most heavily in locations with droughty soils and areas that receive 24 inches of precipitation or less per year. This fabric is intended to degrade within 5-10 years.

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Replanting After Severe Weather

Tree losses from severe storms can be heavy, and homeowners often lose large trees or trees that have sentimental value. These kinds of trees cannot be replaced. But new properly planted and maintained trees and shrubs add beauty, protection, diversity, and value to almost any property. Trees and shrubs provide these benefits whether they are planted in a park, in front of your house or along a street or highway.

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Top 10 Tree Planting Mistakes

Poor quality trees do not grow to be strong, healthy trees, so successful tree plantings must begin with healthy trees.

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Tree Care Basics: Finding the Root of the Problem

Every year, homeowners search nursery catalogs and garden centers for the perfect tree to plant in their yards. They look for a tree that grows fast, isn’t messy, provides abundant shade and is free of insect and disease problems. However once planted, staked, fertilized and nurtured, it struggles and grows very slowly or not at all. This common problem often begins with the roots. There are three main types of damage or injury to root systems that can occur in young trees: root circling caused by a container, root damage, and improper planting techniques.

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