The ground is frozen; what should I do with my free tree?

by | May 13, 2013 | About GVEA, Community Involvement | 0 comments

GVEA’s Annual Free Tree Giveaway in honor of Arbor Day is this Saturday, May 18. We know it’s been a cold spring, so don’t fret if you can’t plant your tree right away. Here’s what you can do:

Is the ground around your house still frozen?

Is the ground around your house still frozen?

Put your sapling in a five gallon bucket of water. Keep the bucket outside — the goal is to have the tree get used to the environment. In general, Amur maples and Siberian crabapples are not houseplants.

While the bucket is a great place to keep the tree for a couple of weeks, it’s not a good idea to leave it submerged in water all summer. So, if you plan to hold off on finding a more permanent home for your tree, consider planting it in a wide and shallow container that allows the roots to spread. And don’t forget to water it.

Tips for planting your tree in its permanent home can be found in this PDF. They’ve also been outlined here:

  • Dig a shallow hole about three feet in diameter and six to 12 inches deep.
  • Spread out the tree’s roots.
  • Don’t bury the stem of your tree. In fact, it’s better to plant the tree too shallow than too deep.
  • Fertilizer is not recommended for newly planted trees, but you could put compost over the planting hole to help maintain soil moisture.


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