Cultural Practices
Plant selection
To get started, it is best to choose the right tree for the right place. Is the spot wet or dry, shady or sunny, windy or protected? Consider the size of the tree at its’ expected maturity. Will the space be large enough to accommodate the full-grown tree?  This is especially important with evergreens; people have the tendency to plant them too close together. Native trees tend to flourish in their climate, but selective non-native trees can thrive, too. Do your research before investing in plant material. You can save a lot of time, money, and plants when you consult with a certified arborist before embarking on your planting project.

Mulching
When done properly, mulching may be the single best thing you can do for your trees. Mulch should be evenly distributed to a depth of 2” to 3” and extend to the dripline of the tree. It is important that the mulch does not come in contact with the stem of the tree. Keep the mulch 3” or 4” away from the base of the tree. Mulch is not maintenance free but its benefits certainly make it worth the effort. Weeds will grow and take over if left unattended. Cultivating is strongly recommended before the top dressing of mulch is added to help keep the mulch from clumping. If you start with a 2” or 3” deep layer of mulch, you should not need to re-mulch for at least two years.

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