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This is helpful to determine how many trees you would like to order based on use and type of trees.
Before planting a tree make sure to consider the species of the tree and the site being planted. Does the site match the tree species' light, moisture, and soil preferences? Matching a species to the site is the first step to a successful planting. A tree will never do well if it is planted at a poorly suited site.
Also consider the tree's full height and width, and things like overhead power lines, septic tanks, or building foundations when thinking about your planting. Make sure spacing between trees is appropriate for what you are trying to do.
After you get your seedlings, do your best to keep your seedlings in a cool, shaded spot and ensure the roots are kept moist until planting. Do not remove seedlings from packaging until the seedling is ready to be planted.
Once an appropriate site is selected, make sure the hole dug is large enough to fit the roots without compression, bending, or jamming them into the hole. Fill the hole with soil while holding the seedling in the appropriate spot. Ensure the tree is planted pointed straight up and to the same depth to which they were planted previously. Leaving roots exposed or burying foliage is not what you want. Avoid creating air pockets around the roots.
Water and lightly firm the soil after allowing it to drain. Add soil if the soil levels go down after watering. Packing too tightly can damage the tree or its roots and reduce water permeability.
Remove weeds around the tree planting site which might compete with the tree for limited light, water, or nutrient resources. Weeding can be beneficial for several years after planting. Mulch or a natural fiber mat can reduce competition from other plants and help maintain moisture longer.
Tree shelters, tubes, fencing, or similar barriers may be necessary to prevent excessive deer herbivory.
Thank you for choosing to order plants from your local Conservation District!
Below is a quick guide to the requirements of some of the plants available from the Clare Conservation District. If you are having trouble finding the right species for your property, or don't know what conditions are on your property, please contact the Conservation District for assistance.
CO Blue Spruce (picea pungens)
Norway Spruce (picea abies)
Full Sun- Partial Sun
Sandy to moist
Moist soils, Does not like wet soils.
White Spruce (picea glauca) Full Sun (may tolerate partial sun) Moderately to well drained
Douglas Fir (pseudotsuga menziesii) Full Sun ( may tolerate partial sun) Moist, well-drained
Eastern White Pine (pinus strobus) Full sun to partial shade Well-drained soils, tolerates a variety of conditions