Autumn is an ideal time of the year to start planting more trees and shrubs. The breeze starts blowing crisp, cool air all around, encouraging communities and their residents to enjoy the outdoors--including pleasant views of vibrant colors emitting from the trees.
Davey is no stranger to the benefits of tree planting in several different types of environments, from homeowners' backyards to local parks and streetscapes. In fact, Davey employees from its home state recently volunteered their time and attention to some special plantings in Ohio's state capital this fall.
FALL TREE PLANTING BENEFITS COMMUNITIES. Volunteers from Davey and Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) obliged to not only spend some time on the green of the Statehouse, but they also helped "green" the City of Columbus to support KOB's second annual Native Planting Day in September.
"Keep America Beautiful's support of this program is so important, and I commend them for expanding their vision to include urban greening and native planting projects," says Karen Wise, manager of natural resource consulting and KOB board member.
The 2013 project focuses on woodland restoration, or the concept of removing non-native groundcover and replacing it with understory plants, shrubs and trees native to Ohio's forests. Davey Senior Biologist Ken Christensen created the woodland restoration plan for the project.
|The Ohio Statehouse's new American linden tree (pictured) represents a portion of the plant material Davey volunteers Ken Christensen and Jason Garber helped plant on Native Planting Day in September. The new tree will provide the property with additional shade and environmental benefits.|
The Davey Nursery donated a 6-inch caliper American linden tree to serve as the show piece of the Woodland Restoration Project. "The American Linden is an excellent tree for this site," Christensen says. "It is naturally found to do well throughout all of Ohio; it's a tree that will grow very tall, providing important and much needed canopy and shade."
FALL TREE PLANTING ADVICE FOR YOUR OWN BACKYARD. Interested in enhancing the tree canopy above your landscape? Davey's R.J. Laverne, board certified master arborist, can show you how to plant a tree:
- Choose the right tree for the right place. Make sure you pick a plant that will thrive in the space in which you have to plant it.
- Dig the hole. "The most important step is getting the tree in the ground," Laverne says. Dig a hole wide enough to accommodate the entire root system of the tree--but not too deep.
- Prepare the tree for placement. To avoid planting the tree too deep and preventing oxygen from reaching the roots, Laverne suggests finding the root flare and expose it by removing the soil surrounding the area were the trunk meets the balled and burlapped root ball.
- Transfer the tree to the hole. Remove all synthetic burlap and roping before planting the tree. "Transport the tree carefully by moving it by the root ball only," Laverne says.
- Backfill with nutrient-rich soil, then apply mulch. Mulch helps control the
Is there a fall tree planting project in your future? Send us your contact information to schedule a free consultation with one of Davey's professionally trained arborists.