We, at Carson’s Nurseries pride ourselves in our quality and vast Ozark’s tree selection. Stop on by for all of your purchasing and transplanting needs!
Trees are such a valuable part of any landscape. They are a renewable resource, provide shade and wind protection. They provide curb appeal, recreation activities for old and young alike, help reduce energy costs and help provide wildlife habitats. Not to mention the oxygen production.
Did you know that a single mature tree can produce enough oxygen to support two human beings and absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year? An acre of trees consumes carbon dioxide at the equivalent rate of 26,000 miles driven by a single car and can produce enough oxygen to support 18 humans! What’s not to love about trees?
Consider your trees as an investment; a healthy tree’s value increases with age and many species can live up to 200 or 300 years with a little preventive maintenance. Regular inspections and any follow-up care are much more affordable than the treatment if a problem does arise. This simple investment will offer you value and enjoyment for generations to come.
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Despite the background of any tree you choose, the tree will suffer some amount of “transplanting stress” during the period between planting and establishment. It might take a several years for a tree to establish a good root system, but most trees require very little care. However, good site selection and preparation, planting methods and maintenance will aid in the establishment phase.
The main objective when planting a tree is to select a plant that is capable of growing roots quickly into soil that will provide a great environment for root growth. There are many factors’ that aid a tree’s ability to grow roots.
Selection of Tree
Choose a tree that has a large, well-branched root system that doesn’t appear dried out or shriveled.
If a tree is balled, burlapped or potted, it should not wobble in the “ball” or container. If the roots are a solid mass or circular it will take longer for your tree to establish a good root system once planted.
Protection of Tree
Keep your new tree in good condition once purchased until planted. Poor care between the harvesting of your tree and the plating period can really damage the vigor and root growth of your new tree. Never allow your tree’s roots to dry out, this is critical! Soaking your roots up to 12 hours prior to planting is strongly advised.
Planting your Tree / Preparing the Site
Spring is a great time to plant your new tree, however in Missouri, with proper preparation and practices a healthy tree can be transplanted almost any time of year. Although it is important to pay particular attention to the season and the needs of the tree during the transplanting season, for example trees tend to go dormant during winter and need extra water during the hot summer months.
It is wise to prepare your planting site prior to bringing your tree home. Your planting hole should be at least one foot wider than your tree’s root system; depth should match the nursery original planting depth as close as possible, which is usually 2 to 3 times the root ball diameter. Planting too deep can cause your tree to slowly die. Water thoroughly to help settle the planting soil and eliminate any air pockets – never stomp the soil around your planted tree with your shoes or tools! Stomping can cause root damage and compact the surrounding soil.
Remember to make sure you select a planting site where you particular tree will be receiving sufficient light! You can protect the bark from sun scalding during the winter months by wrapping the truck with a light kraft style paper during fall, but the wrap should be removed after winter because the spring sun helps strengthen bark growth.
If the tree is planted in an area of high winds stake your tree, but keep all wire or rope from directly coming into contact with the trunk by using a rubber water hose. This should be removed after the first year so you don’t cut into the tree’s girth.
Be careful not to over fertilize a tree, fertilizing can promote top growth, but at the expense of the root system making the tree more susceptible to drought during the summer months.
Mulching is a great idea; nearly any mulch will help retain moisture and reduce competition growth of grass and weeds. Rocks help reduce grass and weed growth, but do not provide the nutrients like hard wood mulch might.
Remember to water your, but don’t overdo it!