Thread: It's been raining...the very day I planned to plant my new trees...

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    It's been raining...the very day I planned to plant my new trees...

    I'm rather new at this tree planting, and just got my trees a few days ago. Unfortunately, after buying mulch and round-up and some garden soil (with minimal, long-term releasing fertilizer, if you're wondering), by the time I got home to get to work, it started pouring down rain.

    The instructions said that they need to be "heeled in" if you can't plant 'em right away, but the land is a proverbial mudhole until maybe later today or early tomorrow morning.

    I spaced them apart in a blue pail and a styrofoam bin with a few trowels full of that garden soil and as much of my own soil that wasn't mud to at least keep them in soil for a few days or less. I don't have any tree pots or anything like that.

    I was wondering the wettest soil can be before planting trees or anything for that matter. Also, would I have to wait for it to warm up a little? It's been in the 40's here for 2 days now (this is the Houston area--it don't happen much, you know). How long can I keep those trees "heeled in" in the pail and bin, or do you guys have any ideas as to a place I can better put them? Should I put them in tree pots for a little bit until it dries out some more and I'm prepped and ready to put them in the ground. My neighbor will probably let me use hers, if she still has 'em (I just thought of that, darnit!)

    Of all the outdoor projects I've tried over the years, none have had to revolve around a sudden cold rainstorm. Anything will help.

    Thanks in advance!
    "Save the trees! Eat a beaver!"--from my good friend Robbo

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    RE: It's been raining...the very day I planned to plant my new trees...

    Is it still raining?
    Sounds to me like the perfect time to plant. Not too hot, ground nice and soft, plenty of moisture.

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    Acorn
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    Re: RE: It's been raining...the very day I planned to plant my new trees...

    Agreed!! Very ideal conditions once the rain stops... if that is what is stopping you from planting them.

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