Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Planting a New Tree

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  1. Pam says:

    You are right! We have staked when we had to tip a small tree back up after a hurricane!

    • birdlady612 says:

      Yes, that’s a totally acceptable reason to stake, as is even to straighten a crooked tree. I’ve staked before to pull a leaning tree in a different direction but only for a short time. Had I not planted the tree too close to the house, it wouldn’t have gone crooked on me, leaning away from the house to reach the sun.

  2. Geri says:

    Didn’t know that mulch and especially staking was bad. Also thanks for the specs on how far to plant. Good info.

  3. Geri says:

    Thanks for the info on staking and mulching. What do you do if you have a small yard and want trees for privacy and they have to go near a fence? Any suggestions on the type of tree for that situation?

    • birdlady612 says:

      Depending on whether or not you have deer, arborvitae look great by a fence and/or make a great privacy screen. They grow relatively fast, however, deer love them. A great choice would be Rose of Sharon. Great for privacy, grows fairly fast and comes in a variety of flower colors. There are even varieties now that don’t drop seeds. Best yet, they are generally deer resistant. Hope this helps.

  1. April 19, 2020

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  2. May 17, 2020

    […] Find out the light, water and soil requirements. Check on the final size of the tree and make sure you have adequate space for it. There’s nothing worse than planting a tree and 5-10 years later you find out it has outgrown it’s home next to your house. See my post regarding 3 mistakes to avoid when planting a new tree. […]

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