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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.

Planting Instructions for your Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
  • Keep tree roots moist.  Undo plastic bag so that it can breathe.
  • Pick a good spot. A Blue Spruce can grow 100 feet and spread to 20 feet.
  • Blue Spruce can tolerate shade, crowding but not wet.  It’s an upland tree.  It can even be part of a hedge.
  • Dig a hole free of stones, rocks and boulders.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What you can do in your back yard to promote Open Space and a healthy eco system for Newtown?

  • Provide habit for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, earthworms and your pets by avoiding herbicides and pesticides.  Those artificially green
    lawns are not healthy for anyone except the fertilizer companies’ profit. Keep your lawn area to a minimum.
  • Bring in native plantings, like spruce, oaks, maples, but not invasive Norway maples, Burning bush, Barberry, or multifloral rose.  See a list of
    native trees and shrubs that take pollutants out of the soil and air on the web.
  • Integrate your property with woodlands.
  • Get rid of the invasive plant species, that brambly, thorny stuff like multifloral rose, and Japanese barberry; bittersweet vines, burning bush, aka
    split bark euonymus, that are poor food for birds even though each has a huge seed bank. You have to dig out the roots.
  • Don’t fill in wetlands.  They are so important to the balance of nature and our drinking water.  The wetlands also help prevent flooded basements
    and washed out roads.
  • Keep a wide wooded buffer around ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.
  • Plant a variety of plants.  Avoid a monoculture.  Let a few butterfly-loving wild flowers grow like Queen Anne’s Lace, Trefoil, Turtle Head, Thistles,
    Milkweed, Goldenrod.  Avoid plants that need fertilizer.  It’s okay to fertilize containers filled with flowers.
  • Native trees and bushes that do well in Newtown include dogwood, ash, willow, buttonbush, blue berry bush.  The following are especially good for
    butterflies: hawthorn, hackberry, poplar, apple, wild cherry, willow and spicebush.

We want to thank Dan Holmes of Holmes Fine Gardens for pulling the trees on his trailer to distribute them to you.
ROOTS FOR NEWTOWN COALITION a Tree-rific idea Newtown’s Bundle of Roots
Newtown Forest Association
Connecticut's Oldest Private Land Trust
Roots For Newtown: A Coalition made up of The Newtown Tree Project, The Newtown
Forest Association, The Conservation Commission, The In-land Wetlands
The Pootatuck Watershed Association, Trout Unlimited - Candlewood
Valley Chapter, Al’s Trail Association.  The Coalition wants to thank its sponsor
organizations, private donors
and the Leaf Enhancement and Acquisition Fund Grant
Program from the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
for funding the tree sapling
distribution in connection with
Newtown's 2006 Labor Day Parade.