Seedling Planting Suggestions
When you receive your trees, inspect for damage or drought. Wet the roots immediately. We recommend planting the trees as soon as possible. If you cannot plant immediately, keep the seedlings moist and cool until you can plant. DO NOT let the plants freeze.
Dig a hole twice the size of the root system and place seedling the same depth as it was growing at the nursery. We recommend putting a slow-release fertilizer packet at the bottom of the hole and then covering it with 1 inch of soil before planting the seedling. Fertilizer packets are available for your use through NWTF.
After the first year, you may want to fertilize in early spring with a general fertilizer.
If rain is inadequate, water trees at least once a week.
Space nut/acorn trees about 30 feet apart.
Space fruit trees about 20 feet apart.
Space shrubs about 6-7 feet apart.
Weed control is very important. Excessive weeds will rob the seedling of moisture and nutrients severely reducing its chance of survival. Weed mats (3X3 or 4X4) may be used to eliminate weed competition and are available through NWTF. This product allows water to pass through while eliminating weeds in a 9 or 16 square feet area around the seedling.
Deer can cause severe damage, especially to fruit trees. Plantra® tree tubes are recommended for all seedlings and older, larger trees. These protectors not only protect the tree from deer and varmints but it also provides a greenhouse like environment for the seedling and the older larger tree, substantially increasing growth. Deer browse kits are available through NWTF. Tree bark protectors are also available.
For bushier types of trees and shrubs, we recommend some type of cage or fence to protect from deer.
NOTE: After the middle of May, customers may want to heed the following information. Although we have no problems shipping out trees to customers, the survival rate of these trees may decrease. Because all our container grown seedlings have leafed out and they are no longer in a state of dormancy, if we send these trees to colder areas of the country where there is still a chance of frost, these trees will suffer from frost burn. At the same time, because our bare root seedlings are stored in a cooler, they are still in a state of dormancy so we can send these to northern parts of the country, however, it is getting a little late in the season to send them to southern parts.