Friday, October 31, 2008
Planting trees is a fall classic, so root, root, root for healthy trees
While Chicago baseball fans have the Fall Classic on their minds, others may be thinking about another fall classic -- the incredible beauty of fall color, and how to get it by planting a tree successfully. Fall is a great time to plant most kinds of trees. We'll cover the bases of tree planting here.
The trick is to create the right conditions for the roots. Up to 90 percent of the root system is removed when a young tree is harvested from the nursery and transplanted, according to Gary Watson, senior scientist at the Arboretum. "That gives you a perspective of what the tree needs to do in the first couple of years at its new site," Watson said.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle