How it works
How it helps
Ground cover created by trees and associated debris protects soil from rill and sheet erosion.
Ground cover also protects water quality by filtering excess nutrients and chemicals from surface runoff and increasing infiltration rates.
Healthy, well-managed woodlands provide long-term wildlife habitat.
Is the soil suitable for the tree species you have selected?
Is there a market for the species you want to plant?
Do you need this land for crops or livestock?
Complete spring planting by May 15. Fall planting should begin between September 1-15. *
Standard forest planting spacings are 6'x6', at a rate of 1,210 trees per acre; 6'x7', 1,037 trees per acre; 6'x8', 908 trees per acre.
Tree seedlings should be planted within seven days of their arrival.
Keep roots moist during planting.
Place the root crown at ground surface or one inch below.
Remove all air pockets when planting seedlings.
The hole prepared for the seedling should have enough room for the roots to spread completely out.
Use herbicides to control competing vegetation.
Check periodically for rodent, disease or insect damage.
Replant, if necessary, to achieve a desired stand.
* Check local recommendations.