Be sure you are properly planting your trees this spring

As the ground begins to soften, it becomes the perfect time to plant a tree. But tree planting is more than just digging a hole in the ground. Improperly planting a tree can cause slowed growth, increased susceptibility to pests, stem girdling roots and premature death.

If your tree looks like a telephone pole in the ground, it’s been planted incorrectly; more specifically, it’s been planted too deep. It is important you can see the root flare at ground level. Set your tree up to thrive and maximize the benefits it provides! Plant it correctly and at the proper depth. For more information visit, WI DNR’s New Tree Planting.

Article written by: Olivia Witthun, WI DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator, 414-750-8744, Olivia.Witthun@wisconsin.gov

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