|Why Trees are Important?
Trees take up carbon dioxide during the day and give out oxygen. This process helps fight global warming. Trees act as sponges during wet spells thus
preventing flooding, erosion and flashy rivers. Trees provide cooling shade and warming fuel. Trees do all sorts of wonderful things even removing
pollutants from the soil. Plant them with pride.
In 2010 The NFA with a grant from the Newtown Tree Project distributed 3,500 tree saplings of various varieties: Fir, Pine, Spruce & Aborvite (Cedar)
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Planting Instructions for your saplings
- Keep tree roots moist. Undo plastic bag so that it can breathe.
- Pick a good spot or use a pot until it gets larger to transplant elsewhere later - remember it will grow.
- It’s an upland tree. It can even be part of a hedge.
- Dig a hole free of stones, rocks and boulders and deep enough to extend the roots freely
- Mix in compost or leaf mold, so that the soil is a mixture of sand, loam and something that holds the moisture so the rootlets can get a good start.
- Put the tree in and back fill the soil so that the soil level is even with the tops of the roots. (DO NOT PRUNE)
- Make sure that there are no air pockets around the roots by packing the soil down.
- Make sure your tree gets a soaking once a week during its first two growing seasons.
- Transplant your tree only when it’s in dormancy between September 15 and April 30
Trouble Shooting Points
- If you plant the tree too shallow, the roots will dry out.
- If you plant the tree too deep, the trunk will suffocate.
- If you plant it in sand, the soil will dry out too fast. Too wet, the roots can’t function.
- If you plant it in the wrong spot, your tree may have to be moved later or it could die.
How To Plant Your Tree Sapling
Newtown Forest Association
Connecticut's Oldest Private Land Trust
2012 the NFA handed out 4000 tree sapplings - what kind of tree did i
We handed out 4 types of trees - sh:
White Pine - long soft needles - 1-2"
Cedar - Very short clusters, not really needless
Colorado Blue Spruce - Sharp needles - 3/4"
Canaan Fir - short soft needles -1/2"