I have just bought a home and am interested in planting a tree in a
specific area for privacy. The problem is I have never planted
anything in my life and have no idea who to even go to for help or
where to "buy" a tree. Can anyone give me any pointers?
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First decide what kind of tree you want and for what purpose. For
decorative, fruit producing, evergreen, etc. Go around to your local
see what they are selling. Large trees require several strong people or
for planting. You can order smaller trees from mail order outlets. I
an internet search for them, or check with your local botanical garden
extension service. Planting is not that technical, but depending on
the size of the tree
and the kind of soil you have, it can be a rough digging experience.
There are plenty of articles on the internet on that subject too. Once
you know what size tree you have, you will have to start digging a hole
for it. You will then discover what kind of
soil you have and will have to adjust accordingly. This may all sound
but each environment has it's own special requirements. The basics are
very much the same. Your planting location (sunny, partly sunny, shady)
will also limit what kind of trees you can plant.
Jeff Bello wrote:
don't be tempted to use a fast-growing, short-lived tree. go for a
quality tree that works well in your area. don't know where you are;
but, in the south, the best time for planting is in the fall
permitting the tree to become well-established before summer's heat.
use plenty of mulch once planted.
here's a good site.
Planting a tree is a very sophisticated procedure and is best left to
Nut trees are the easiest. You will need a large supply of nuts and one or
more squirrels or chipmunks. If you are lucky, a squirrel/chipmunk will
bury a nut in the location you have selected. If the location is wrong,
you will have to bribe some garden gnomes to transplant the tree in the
correct location. Apparently gnomes like doing this (see other post), so
if you are on good terms with them, they might even do it for free.
Fruit trees are a little more difficult, as you will need to feed fruit to
a water buffalo, and most gnomes are unlikely to want to help you after the
seed comes out the business end. Even if you can find some gnomes that
will take the job, often they will get nauseous at the idea of being seen
carrying a buffalo patty, with the end result that the top of tree snaps
off. Not to worry, as the gnomes will replace the top with an equivalent
gnome-make top. Often these replacement tops are superior to the original.
These are called 'grafts' which is gnomish for 'giraffe' (go figure). Some
unscrupulous people have been known to coat the feed fruit with bean dip
just to increase their chances of getting a graft.
Privacy or shade trees are the most difficult. Planting them requires a
mysterious procedure involving something called a shovel and a sapling.
See "Nuts Propagating Nuts" from Funny Farm Press for a similar procedure.
FYI: National Arbor Day Foundation: www.arborday.org (not affliated with
Thumb International Corp.)
In what area are you? As some indicate, not only the variety of
tree but also the time for planting it might vary according to your
Do you want a small tree that will block views into (and out of)
your windows or a large tree that will shade your house? Is the
privacy you seek from the street, from a neighboring house, or from
Will the tree be in your lawn, flower beds, tree well in a patio,
How much patience do you have? Can you accept a sapling and watch
it grow, or do you need a mature tree right now?
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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