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Containerized Tree Seedlings

tree seedlings for ordering at trees for tomorrow

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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.

Tree Descriptions

Blue Spruce

(Picea pungens)

Spruces are hardy and make good ornamental trees as well as windbreaks and visual barriers. Blue spruce can have a silver-blue foliage. Spruces have short needles that are just 1/2 to 1 inch long.

Mature size: 60 to 80 feet tall.

Light needs: Prefers full sunlight, but can tolerate some shade.

Soil needs: Grows in a variety of well-drained soils.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red oak’s dense crown provides cool shade and brilliant fall colors. Red oak grows quickly — as much as 2 feet a year for 10 years — and has a spread of about 45 feet at maturity. Bristle-tipped leaves turn red in the fall.

Mature size: 60 to 75 feet tall.

Light needs: Does well in full sunlight.

Soil needs:Grows in variety of well-drained soils.

Red (Norway) Pine

(Pinus resinosa)

Red pines grow very straight and can provide a good border or barrier to a property. The red pine has two needles per bundle with each needle ranging in length from 4 to 6 inches. Branches and needles that do not receive full sunlight will naturally die, creating a full canopy and open understory.

Mature size: 80 to 90 feet tall.

Light needs: Needs full sunlight.

Soil needs:Prefers well-drained, sandy soils.

Tamarack (Larix laricina)

As Wisconsin’s only deciduous conifer, tamaracks have soft clusters of green needles that turn a vibrant gold in autumn. Late in the season, the tamarack will loose its needles. Although tamaracks are found naturally in swamps and bogs, they can grow in a variety of soil and climate conditions.  This is one of the fastest growing conifers when planted in well-drained soil.

Mature size:30 to 60 feet tall.

Light needs: Needs full sunlight.

Soil needs: Variety, wet or dry. Avoid areas of prolonged flooding.

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

This is a blister rust resistant

white pine from a registered seed orchard, genetically superior to grow faster than
a conventional white pine. The white pine has five needles per bundle, a soft-textured appearance and is our area’s tallest tree.

Mature size: 80 to 150 feet tall.

Light needs: Prefers sunlight, but can toleratesome shade.

Soil needs: Grows in variety of well-drained soils.

White Spruce Hybrid

(Picea glauca)

This superior tree species will produce up to 20% greater height growth compared to a normal white spruce. The dense foliage and fast growth make the white spruce ideal for windbreaks and visual barriers. These trees are very resistant to deer damage.

Mature size:80 to 100 feet tall.

Light needs: Prefers full sunlight, but can tolerate some shade.

Soil needs:Grows in variety of well-drained soils.

Planting Instructions

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.

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