The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement
Get ready to plant trees
Got land? Plant trees!
Fall is an optimal time to plant seedlings. If you want to take on a large-scale project, you could seek a hand from a local conservation agency. The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) and South Nation Conservation offer a variety of forestry services for projects of all sizes in the watersheds in order to enhance forest cover in Eastern Ontario.
The RRCA offers full-service tree planting with significant cost savings. Services include site planning, seedling purchase and planting, site preparation, and assessments.
There are conditions. At least 500 trees are to be planted.
Trees must be planted in a definable/mappable single area and not dispersed throughout the property.
The owner must make a commitment to maintaining the trees for a minimum of 15 years.
Book your free site visit with the RRCA at rrca.ca to learn about the subsidies available to you. For smaller projects, landowners can purchase tree and shrub seedlings and potted stock native to Eastern Ontario from the RRCA. Landowners can choose from a variety of coniferous and deciduous tree species
Trees make our world a beautiful place. They provide us with many lasting benefits – shade, privacy, increased property value, shelter and food, and they contribute to our mental well-being.
Planting trees is one small way each of us can help improve the environment. Tree planting is easy if you follow these simple steps and remember to “keep the green side up!”
Think about what the tree will look like at maturity. How tall will it grow? What shape will it have? Will it fit in the space you have once it is full-grown? Would a coniferous (evergreen) or deciduous tree work better in your landscape?
A tree’s shape, height, size at maturity and function in your landscape will determine the best tree to plant in a particular location. Before doing any digging, make sure to request underground utility locates to check for buried cables and wires on your property. Call your local municipality to learn who to contact and do not plant tall-growing trees close to overhead utility lines. Tree Canada encourages planting native species appropriate to your local climate, light, soil, moisture conditions, and space availability. Deciduous trees can be planted in the spring, as soon as the frost is out of the ground, or in the fall, from leaf-fall until freezeup. Conifers can be planted early in the spring until four weeks after deciduous trees have opened their leaves, or in the fall, from about the first week of August to the end of October. Protect your tree well during transport by padding the trunk and branches gently with burlap and tying loose ends with soft rope or twine.
Plant as soon as possible after delivery. If planting is not possible right away, store the tree in a cool, shaded area and water as needed to keep the roots and soil moist.
Dig a hole two to three times wider than the container or root ball. The hole should only be as deep as the root ball. When placed in the hole, the root collar (i.e. where the roots join the main stem or trunk) should be equal to or slightly above the depth of the hole.
Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole to allow root penetration.
For trees in containers, gently slide the root ball out of the pot and into the hole. For burlapped trees, place the root ball in the hole and gently cut away the wire basket and burlap.
Plant the tree so that the top of the root ball is flush with the top of the hole and the tree is vertical. Fill the hole in and around the root ball with the soil removed from the hole or good quality soil. Do not return any grass or sod to the hole. Gently pack the soil around the root ball until the hole is two-thirds full to remove air pockets. Fill the remaining space with water to settle the soil and allow the hole to drain. Finish filling the hole with soil and make a ridge of soil around the root ball to direct water towards the roots.