Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Best Planting Practices at Chelsea Heights Elementary

By Sean Peterson It’s a cool Halloween day at Chelsea Heights (K-5) School in St. Paul Minnesota. Tom Altman’s 5th grade science class is here to plant trees. More specifically, they are planting trees to help The University of Minnesota, Dept. of Forest Resources better develop and share a more sustainable way to re-green Minnesota’s   parks, streets and public spaces. […]

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Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Advocates Closure of MN DNR State Nurseries

On March 8, 2011, Bob Fitch, executive director of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and Bill Sayward, the owner of Itasca Greenhouse in Cohasset, Minnesota testified before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee to advocate phasing out the state’s tree seedling nursery that is operated by the Department of Natural Resources The bill, S.F. 364, was introduced by […]

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Planting depth study

Effects of Various Planting Depths on Tree Health and Root Systems By Katie Frerker Study Background Since 1994, a number of different studies have been performed that looked at the correlation between depth of soil over roots and the health of trees and root systems. The results showed that soil depths of more than 1 inch over the first main […]

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Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees

Download Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees (PDF) Gary Johnson, Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, St. Paul, MN; Dennis Fallon, Vegetation Management Coordinator, Xcel Energy; Andrew Rose, Creative Director, Hand/Eye Communications. How many trees die prematurely each year? Thousands? Millions? Billions? It’s almost impossible to pinpoint, but one unseen culprit – dysfunctional (abnormal) […]

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Fertilizer and -Cide Application

Fertilizer Applications: Tree Fertilization: A Guide for Fertililzing New and Established Trees in the Landscape This page provides information to determine the need for a fertilizer, the right time to apply and how much at a given time. Manufactured vs. Natural Fertilizers   Pesticide/Insecticide/Herbicide Applications: How to Calculate Herbicide Rates; Calibrate Herbicide Applicators Insecticide Suggestions to Manage Landscape Tree and […]

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Tree Planting Glossary

ANSI: American National Standards Institute writes specifications and standards for many professions and products through committees of experts in that field (e.g. planting stock, climbing equipment etc.). At Grade: Even with the top of the soil. Backfilling: Refilling the planting hole, done after the tree has been stabilized. Balled and Burlapped: Planting stock that has been dug from the field […]

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Growing Trees from Seed

By Dan A. Meyer, University of Wisconsin Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Growing trees directly from seed can be more rewarding than planting two- or three-year-old seedlings purchased from a nursery– especially if you collect and prepare the seed yourself.  It is, however, more difficult and time consuming to cultivate trees from seed than from seedlings, and […]

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How to Plant a Tree

Stephen Schott, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources Planting a tree is a great investment that pays off in many ways.  Trees add value to property, lower utility bills, and are beautiful to look at.  However, for a tree investment to pay off, it needs a strong start.  This begins with a good planting.  If poorly […]

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The Well Planted Tree

A document produced by Krystal Schaufler, Doug Courneya, Gary Johnson, Jeff Gillman, Patrick Weicherding, Carole Kinion Copeland Click to view document as a PDF: The Well Planted Tree This document touches on the following tree planting topics: How to plant containerized trees How to care for a new tree What happens if a tree is planted too deep? What are […]

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