The City will once again be handing out free seedlings at its annual Arbor Day event "Tree Time," from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 28th. For location of event, click on the MAP. Supplies are limited this year. The species to be handed out include river birch (Betula nigra), mountain ash (Sorbus americana) and white spruce (Picea glauca).
Below is a list of some helpful tips/ideas to help prepare you prior to coming to the event:
bring a plastic bag or towel to wrap your seedling in. This will help keep the root system moist during transport.
CONVENTIONAL PLANTING: click on this link for proper planting procedures.
OTHER OPTION: something to consider to give your seedling an advantage is to plant it in a pot/container with good, organic soil when you get home. This will allow you to grow the plant and control its growing environment for a year or two prior to planting in its permanent location. It will help you keep out of reach of critters (e.g. rabbits, voles, mice) as well. When you decide to plant in the ground, simply pull the ball out of the container and plant.
be sure not to plant the tree in the City right of way, under overhead powerlines or in drainage and utility easements with public utilities or those needed for access.