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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Staking and Guying Trees: Best Materials and Technique

Authors: Gary R. Johnson, Associate Professor, Urban and Community Forestry and Marc A. Shippee, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Forest Resources Extension Department When is Staking Necessary? More often than not, staking is unnecessary. Occasionally, newly planted trees may require staking when: They have abnormally small root systems that can’t physically support the larger, above-ground growth (stem and leaves). The stem bends […]

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