CORVALLIS, Ore. - If conifer tree planting is on your late winter or early spring to-do list, there are some things you can do to improve your success.
When it comes to planting conifers, timing is everything, according to John Punches, Oregon State University Extension Service forester and associate professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Punches recommends planting when the upper 10 inches of soil is moist, the soil is not frozen more than a half-inch deep, the snow cover is less than two inches and air temperature is between 30 and 65 degrees.
It also helps if the wind is blowing at less than 20 miles per hour – and the seedlings are fully dormant.
A little extra time spent during planting can yield big dividends in young tree survival, Punches said, so plant your trees correctly for best success.
Among Punches’ other tips:
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Kym Pokorny, 541-737-3380, [email protected]
John Punches, 541-602-4689, [email protected]
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