Young trees, sure to please

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Kate Aley

Two hundred trees were given away at the Town Hall on Friday, May 20 to mark tree-planting month. Or something like that.

Red pines, red oaks and sugar maple saplings were on offer, grown by the Ministry of Natural Resources and sourced by the MRC des Collines. Director Ben Kuhn (pictured here with a tray of pines ... it was very bright that day) and communications officer Dominic Labrie were on hand to hand out the free trees. 

How to plant a young tree that might grow 100 feet tall and could possibly live for longer than 100 years? Not too close to your house for starters.

According to tree-planting.com, the time between purchase and planting a bare rooted tree is critical.  Plant as soon as possible and take care to ensure that the roots are kept moist in the period between purchase and planting.  Prune broken or damaged roots but save as much of the root structure as you can.

These oaks are ready to rock, obviously. Look at that tap root.

To begin, advises tree-planting.com, first build a cone of earth in the center of the hole around which to splay the roots.  Make sure that when properly seated on this cone, the tree is planted so that the ‘trunk flare’ is clearly visible and the ‘crown’, where the roots and top meet, is about two inches above the soil level.  Water, mulch, water again and put in stake so you can find it again. Regular deep soakings are better than frequent light wettings. Moisture should reach a depth of 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface to encourage ideal root growth.

Good luck.