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    Seedling
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    New Sapplings

    I am very new to the world of growing trees. I just received my order of trees. They are Dogwood, Paper Birch, Saucer and Star Magnolias and a Red Maple. I need advice for a couple of things:

    1. The soil is mainly clay so I thought that I should buy some tree and shrub soil to put in the hole that I dug. I am confused with things I have read, should I not have done this?

    2. My holes are 1' wide by 1' deep. I am realizing that these are too deep and too narrow. I planted my trees last night, they range from about 1' to 3' / 4' in height, not counting the roots in that measure.

    3. Also, I planted them with the top of the roots about 3 inches or so below the surface.

    Should I carefully dig them up today (only planted last night) and replant, or let them be?

    Your help will be greatly appreciated.
    Liz.

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    RE: New Sapplings

    1. Dont. There's nothing wrong with clay and it's actually better.
    2. The top of the roots should be just barely below the soil.
    3. Yikes. That is too deep.

    I would replant. Get digging!
    you could make a little mound in your planting hole and set the tree on top of that. Usually there is a cup-shaped arrangement of roots.

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    Seedling
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    RE: New Sapplings

    Thanks for your help!! Much appreciated. I did re-dig all of them and placed them at the top of the hole using the clay soil that was originally there, made the holes wider and added more mulch. I hope they grow.

    how long does it usually take to start seeing these little trees grow? how much can they be expected to grow during the summer? Any ideas?

    Thanks again.
    Liz.

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    RE: New Sapplings

    Out of those, the only ones I have planted bare root are the dogwood and red maple. Strangely I wound up with a potted paper birch that I have to go deal with in a little while. You should know within the coming 3-4 weeks if they made it or not if they haven't leafed out. Things like red maple will grow some over the season. Probably popping out a little branch or two or growing in height and getting a little thicker stem. They are fun to watch at that age because they may surprise you when you're least expecting it.

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    Seedling
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    RE: New Sapplings

    yeah I went out this morning and took pictures of all the babies to see how they develop over the course of the summer. I am going to start documenting their change. Should keep me busy. I have always been a gardener of flowers, but never into trees. This is my first time planting trees and I am excited to see them develop.

    You are a tremendous source of info. I appreciate that.

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    Super Moderator Oak Quirky Quercus's Avatar
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    RE: New Sapplings

    Why thank you.
    web-Tree diaries are a lot of fun to look at.
    My buddy Julie has one www.treegrowersdiary.com
    that she started a long time ago and it recently was featured in the tech section of USA today of sites to visit. I keep saying I'm going to do one too and I'm running out of excuses.

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    RE: New Sapplings

    That is a terrific site. Very informative and it is very nice how you can see the changes to the trees over time and over seasons. Kudos to her!!


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