Watching the leaves change in the Autumn and viewing those frost-covered, barren branches that actually glow in the moonlight, are just a couple of moments every year that highlight the mighty tree as being one of the most beautiful facets of nature.
There are those who plant trees to celebrate a birth, remember a life that was lived to the fullest, even as a celebration of an event.
The tree, at times, is taken for granted. We all know this considering the ‘green’ movement that had to begin and expand in order to keep this world both beautifully decorated and providing us with clean, healthy air. The environmentalist movement continues to grow and the plight of the tree became worldwide news because of it.
From industry expansion to air pollution to the complete devastation of natural habitats, the tree was once threatened. Thankfully, that threat has been placed on the back burner as more and more people grow to understand that without the magnificent canopy of tree limbs and leaves above our heads, this world will die out.
Statistics show that nurseries are now providing nearly 1.5 billion trees for planting in the United States on an annual basis. Even the U.S Forest Service has reported that three million (plus) acres are now reforested that’d become wastelands over time.
But to help, to plant a tree, does not take the backing or the knowledge of the U.S. Forest Service or any committee. In fact, planting a tree and making it grow is entirely simple for individuals to do in their own backyards, and not only provides the atmosphere benefits, but also gives back to the community and to the next generation.
The fact necessary to know before planting a tree is that for something to survive, a healthy planting is a must. In addition, maintenance of the tree is something that can be done as a family activity, which not only helps the world but it helps create a social gathering that makes lasting memories.
Is there a million things needed for the tree to mature? Not at all. In your shed you will most likely already find the ‘tools’ needed, which include a shovel, a tape measure and a garden hose.
Picking the location is your first step, and you want to make sure that the planting is at least fifteen feet away from buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and other trees. Power lines up above must also be considered depending on the size of the tree you choose.
Place a stake in the ground and then use the tape measure to find the diameter of the tree’s root ball, marking this spot by making a circle around the stake that’s at least two times wider in diameter than the root ball itself.
Removing the soil from the top of the root ball must be done as carefully as possible. And when it comes to putting back in the soil, you must remember that the root flare will not be completely covered when the tree is planted. To make sure this happens correctly, measure the height of the root ball from the ground to the top of the exposed root flare and then deduct two inches.
Using a shovel to cut all around the perimeter of the circle, remove the grass. Drive a stake into the ground beside the hole you’ve just made and tie a string to it at grass level; pull the string tight across the hole and measure down to the bottom to see just how far you’ve gone, make sure to dig just right and then place the tree into the hole.
Remove the wire basket from the root ball, peel away the burlap which loosens the hard-packed soil and exposes the small roots. Blend superphosphate and fertilizer into the soil pile and then shovel it back into the hole. When the hole is filled, use the shovel to create a five to six-inch crater around the tree and then fill it with water. As the water absorbs into the soil, smooth out the dirt, cover with bark mulch, and leave some room so that the new tree can settle into its new home.
From then on out it’s all about tender-loving care, to make sure that your contribution to the world grows big and strong.
And, most important of all, enjoy!