Planting trees!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Nicole01, May 29, 2012.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I just bought 100 red maple tree seeds and 50 red pine tree seeds. The red pine is a normal pine tree that's great for shading and a wind break.

    So far we planted a weeping willow, 3 pine trees and a sugar maple. My plan is to plant the entire side yard full of trees for shade on the run, so I can take the side panels off. We are planning on planting other trees and different pines that are 3-4 feet high from the nursery this fall. I'm afraid the seeds will take a while to grow up.

    Here is the small trees we have planted now. You only can see 2 of the 5 trees planted. My hubby has his work cut out for him.

    Hopefully someone will appreciate all our planting when we are old and either sell the house or move when my husband retires in 20 years. We planted 7 weeping willows in our woods that are doing very well! We might transplant another one on the side yard. I'm not sure yet. They get pretty big. They will be a nice cover for the hens in a few years. We bought a 15 ft weeping willow that's doing fabulous in the woods.

    Anyone else planting trees? I've never planted from seeds before, this will be interesting. I doubt I'll plant all 100 red
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    I planted 75 Leyland Cypress 3 years ago. Six survived. I tried my best but drought conditions was too much for them, even though I carted water to them 2 x a week.

    You have a beautiful place.
  3. bwalden

    bwalden Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    I always plant in pots or cups until they are a little bigger to transplant out in ground. Just easier to keep up with them, fertilize, water, etc.
  4. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I have reforested my entire 14 acre property. I started all the oaks from acorns gathered from oaks on my property. The pine trees were purchased from the State Forestry service at a cost of $80 per 1000. The pecan trees were sprouted in pots, then grafted in year 2 ( 5 varieties suggested for my area by La. Dept of AG and Forestry), then transferred to ground the spring of the 3rd year. Some hints for success.

    Plant native species, not just a single species.
    Start the seeds in pots, then next year transfer seedlings to ground.
    Remember before planting that the little seedling is going to be a huge tree one day. Do not plant close to power lines, sewer systems, or your home.
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Thank you for the tips! I do plan on planting a few in pots. I'm not putting 100 red maple tress in the open area, some will go back in the woods. We are going to also fence in all of our 4 acre property starting next spring. We have our work cut out for us. I can plant small trees, but with my neck injury my husband has to do the bigger trees. If all 50 pine live, they will go in the open area along with other pine. I wish we did this 10 years ago when we built this house. Little did I know I'd be so into chickens and needing shade. Our trees could have been grown. We've transplanted a few oaks, birch and now sugar maple from the back woods. We tap our sugar maples and make homemade syrup every spring. The best syrup in the world!
    Last edited: May 30, 2012
  6. NYboy

    NYboy Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    Easy garden BYC sister site is a great place to pick up planting tips. very friend people there. Good luck with your trees.

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