Containerized Tree Seedlings
Check back in March for 2016 available seedlings and order forms!
In spring of 1945, Trees For Tomorrow introduced a program that offered two seedlings for every tree cut in support of the war effort. The purpose of this program was to provide a local self-sustaining wood supply for industry by encouraging small forest
landowners to plant trees and practice sound forest management principles.
Today, Trees For Tomorrow continues the tradition of offering tree seedlings as well as being a private, nonprofit natural resources specialty school promoting sustainability to groups of all ages. Proceeds from the sale of seedlings help Trees For Tomorrow deliver balanced, objective information on the
management and use of trees, forests, and other
natural resources. Trees can beautify your yard, attract wildlife, create windbreaks, provide a visual barrier, prevent soil erosion, and reduce carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere.
Each Trees For Tomorrow tree seedling has been grown in its own “cell” in nutrient-rich soil. These containerized seedlings, with their roots already growing in a plug of soil, have better universal
survival rates than bare-root seedlings because they handle a variety of sites, dry weather conditions and poor planting techniques better. Although the seedlings are ready to plant when you receive them, they can be kept in their containers for weeks if watered regularly. This is a tremendous
advantage – allowing you the flexibility of planting them whenever the season and weather are
favorable and the danger of frost has passed. Choose a planting site carefully though – trees need enough space to grow to their mature size without getting in the way of power lines or buildings.
Trees For Tomorrow provides a variety of quality containerized tree seedlings that can be shipped
directly to your home any time between mid-May and October. The seedlings can also be picked up at Trees For Tomorrow.
Water the seedlings well in their containers the night before planting. Prepare the area where the seedlings will be planted, reducing or eliminating competing vegetation such as grasses and brush. Each seedling should have about 1-square-foot area of cleared soil. Tree seedlings should generally be planted about 8 feet apart or in staggered rows 7 feet apart for a windbreak.
Plunge a planting bar, shovel or even sturdy trowel vertically into the ground about 6-8 inches deep (the length of the tree root and soil plug). Wiggle it back and forth to open a slit in the ground a little wider than the diameter of the tree root/soil plug.
Firmly grasp a tree seedling’s stem in the container just above the soil line and pull it out. Place the tree’s root/soil plug in the slit in the ground just made. The plug must hang vertically in the slit without curling or bending. The base of the seedling’s stem should be even with the ground where it is planted.
Using the same planting tool, make another vertical slit about 6-8 inches deep, an inch or two from the first. Pull back on the handle first, away from the seedling, to close the ground around the bottom of the seedling, eliminating the dead air space that can dry out its roots. Then push the planting tool forward toward the seedling, closing the slit at the top of the plug. Firmly tap the soil in place around the seedling with your shoe. Water to settle the soil, eliminate remaining air pockets, and provide moisture to the roots. Fertilizing is not necessary but water the trees, if possible, in drought conditions. Young trees can be smothered by competing brush and grass soon after planting. Consider weeding for the first few years.