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How to Plant and Grow a Tree

Updated on November 10, 2015
Tree photos on this article are my own and were taken in my backyard or at our local Top Crop gardening store.
Tree photos on this article are my own and were taken in my backyard or at our local Top Crop gardening store.

Planning on adopting a tree?

When someone decides to adopt a tree the toughest questions to usually come up are: What type of tree and where do I want to plant it?

Trees really are amazingly easy to add into your landscaping. Just dig a hole, plant them in it, and away they grow.

Okay so there is a little more to planting a tree than just digging a hole, and tossing a nut into it, but trust me it really isn't too difficult. I have done it many times and I'm no rocket scientist.

A tree needs 3 things to survive: Dirt, water, and sunshine.

Looking through the cherry tree in our back yard. We have a number of organic fruit trees in our backyard.
Looking through the cherry tree in our back yard. We have a number of organic fruit trees in our backyard.
Our organic backyard apple tree.
Our organic backyard apple tree.

Size does make a difference if you are a tree.

Many people purchase young trees for transplantation but if you are in no rush to have a full sized tree then small seedlings can generally be purchased at a very reasonable price. If you want to enjoy your tree immediately then finding a tree that is between 3 and 12 feet in height will probably best suit your needs.

A tree can also be planted direct from a seed but that can be a slow process. Which ever method you choose to use you will find a wide selection of seeds, saplings, and partially grown trees online or you can purchase them from a local gardening store.

Studies have shown that saplings which are planted at 4 inches to 10 inches in height tend to root easier and grow fast enough to acquire the same height as larger transplanted trees. The reason for this may be that larger trees suffer more root shock or damage when transplanted from their original location.

You can plant one tree or you can plant a hundred. It all depends on your needs. White pine are a beautiful long needled tree. Ideal as an ornamental in the front or back yard. This conifer holds its needles year round and produces a large decorative seed cone that is ideal in natural craft projects. White spruce are very nice trees too. Shorter needles but a beautiful tree for all seasons of the year.

Next comes the big question: What type of tree will be best for you?

A few of the fabulous trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.
A few of the fabulous trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.

There are a lot of different tree types.

  • Shade tree:

    Oak, Maple, Willow, Ash, etc.

  • Fruit tree:

    Apple, pear, lemon, cherry, pear etc.

  • Conifer Tree:

    Fir, spruce, pine etc.

  • Nut tree:

    Walnut, Chestnut, Hazelnut, etc.

  • Bush:

    Mountain Ash, Lilac etc.

  • Ornamental Tree:

    These are trees that are purely planted for attractiveness, decoration, or fun.

Choose a tree that is native to your area.

A few of the fabulous trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.
A few of the fabulous trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.

Choose a tree that suits your personality.

Some very different type of trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.
Some very different type of trees for sale at our local Top Crop garden center.

Go a little wild and plant yourself an indoor pomegranate tree.

Choose a tree that suits your needs. Fruit trees are ideal.

Apples hanging on our apple tree almost ready for harvest.
Apples hanging on our apple tree almost ready for harvest.

Miniature Fruit Trees are a Delightful Addition to the Home.

Small patio fruit trees are amazing in or outside of the home. There are quite a variety available. Orange, lemon, pomegranate. Not only are they colorful but the smell of some are wonderful as well.

Planting a dwarf tree that you can munch out on is also rather sweet. You can just reach out when you want something to add a dash of flavor to your meal. Some dwarf lemon trees are also perfume in the air. Delightfully refreshing.

I love having the organic fruit our apple tree provides.

Plant a tree that will flavor your tea.

4-5 Year Old Improved Meyer Lemon Tree in Grower's Pot, 3 Year Warranty
4-5 Year Old Improved Meyer Lemon Tree in Grower's Pot, 3 Year Warranty

It's a small lemon tree. Ideal for indoors or on the patio this little tree is a fruit bearing beauty. There really is nothing quite so delightful as the crisp clean scent of citrus in the air. Delightfully colorful and attractive it is the perfect little tree to invite over to your house.

Our apple tree after the harvest.
Our apple tree after the harvest.

The best time of year to plant a tree:

There are two times of year when it is best to plant a tree, and these are early in the spring, and late in the fall.

A tree stands its best chance for survival when it is planted in a dormant stage ie: When it is not blooming or in fruit.

Once the frost is out of the ground, and so long as the temperatures are not reaching an extreme high or low, then you should be safe to plant your chosen tree.

Select an open area to plant your tree.

Our cherry and apple tree. We keep the dead birch for the birds to use. They like it.
Our cherry and apple tree. We keep the dead birch for the birds to use. They like it.

Step by step video: How to plant a tree.

Planting a tree.
Planting a tree.

The how to plant a tree part is quite easy.

This is the fun part. You get to give your new tree a place to take root and to grow.

1) Dig a hole in the ground just slightly deeper than the size of the root ball on your chosen seedling but with plenty of width to give the roots room to spread. (The root ball is the mound of dirt at the base of your sapling.)

If your tree has a burlap sack around it then remove this before planting. Some say they are degradable, but these fabrics may take quite awhile to break down, so it is better for your tree to have its roots free.

2) Use a fork or shovel to loosen the dirt at the bottom of your hole so the roots will be more easily able to travel. Pour water into the hole to moisten the dirt within. Set your seedling into the hole.

3) Tap a supporting pole into the ground next to your seedling. Tie or bind your seedling to the pole insuring that this is not so tight as to damage the tree but firm enough to hold the newly planted tree erect.

4) Fill the hole in part way with soil, pour water over the roots, continue covering your plant till the root ball of your seedling is completely covered.

5) Water the dirt around your newly planted tree. It will be very important over this first season to insure that your seedling's roots remain moist so be sure to water often.

Plant a tree that looks like it grew in the land of Dr. Suess.

I absolutely adore this tree. The photo was taken at the Top Crop Garden center.
I absolutely adore this tree. The photo was taken at the Top Crop Garden center.

Plant yourself a teeny tiny miniature garden in a teranium.

IMAX 56341 Lefroy Tabletop Terrarium Planter
IMAX 56341 Lefroy Tabletop Terrarium Planter

Let your imagination go wild and create a tiny fairy garden plot. This is a sweet way to grow a green thumb. Start going green today.


Plant one that is an Edward Scissorhands style.

Another of Top Crop's fantasy trees.
Another of Top Crop's fantasy trees.

Which is your favorite tree?

Which is your favorite tree?

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Or you can plant a tree just because it is the environmentally friendly thing to do.

Part of the tree selection at our local garden center.
Part of the tree selection at our local garden center.

Reduce Global Warming Hug A Tree Today

You can choose a bonsai, miniature, or dwarf tree for indoors or patio or a full sized version if you have your own yard.

Plant one for yourself and another for a friend. Grow a green thumb today.

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Sources: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Also a big thank you to Top Crop Garden Farm and Pet center @ 2101 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook, B.C. 250-426-4280 for allowing me take pictures of the fabulous trees for sale in their store.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow! what beautuful pictures, thanks for sharing your knowkedge. Now if I could only get somebody to dig holes :)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I tried to plant fire tree seeds many years ago. They sprouted and were doing well until I was away from home for a few days. There was a freak cold spell in my absence. Back then, my heating system was gas so I didn't leave it on. They died from the cold. I'd love to try again.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Yes, my family and I planted many, many trees in western MA before we moved to Southeast VA. I think it is marvelous that you have such a neat store like Top Crops near to you. Do you know what the name of that starfish-shaped tree is? It looks as if it has been pinned into that shape. I am going to feature this lens on my Facebook Page Tree Huggers tomorrow, January 27, 2014.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I planted a dogwood tree at my old house last spring. I am looking forward to planting a couple of apple trees at my new house.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Anthony Altorenna: You are a sweetheart Anthony. I've seen your articles and your yard is magnificent and indeed filled with beautiful trees. The perfect balance between cultured and natural.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @SusannaDuffy: Oh Susanna that is so sweet. When my husband and I lived in the woods the chipmunks would plant us about a hundred sunflower plants from the seed they swiped from our bird feeders. I loved it.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have an apricot tree which was planted by birds! I thank them every year as i pick the fruit

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @Redneck Lady Luck: I cringe a bit when I hear people planting lots of one type of tree. BC and Alberta are suffering from a pine beetle infestation because the general practice reforestation with all one type of tree is giving a food source to one pest so it can grow on an epic scale. If the forests were mix planted they wouldn't have such a bad situation as they do now.

      Let's hope your piece of property has great prosperity and you get to enjoy it for generations to come.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Good information and very well presented. I was thinking of creating a page on this topic but you've covered it so well and so thoroughly, I'll look for something else to write about.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Well, I once planted a tree. It volunteered in our yard and I moved it to our garden. We didn't know what kind of tree it was, but the leaves were very attractive.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @urbanhomefarm: Just a little pruning each year but otherwise they basically take care of themselves. We have only had trouble with bugs in one tree and the rest the birds pretty much take care of any pests. Birds eat a lot of bugs.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Johanna Eisler: Planting a tree really is a wonderful thing to do for our environment and also simply because it looks good to. I'm hoping to get a plum tree added into our backyard next year.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Not yet, but we hope to this year! :)

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      urbanhomefarm 4 years ago

      Wow this is a complete Lens, there is al lot of good information. In today's world we should all consider fruit trees. There are so many and most of them are easy to take care.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      This is a very thorough and informative lens. Thanks. I love 'em all! And I'm especially fond of the pines. Every tree has its own personality and every forest too has its own personality. I think of the trees around my home as my family. Yes, I've planted a few trees. But most often, because I live in the woods, they plant themselves.

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      letsecommerce 4 years ago

      Unfair question! For some reason I had to choose shade - but I do love them all! Then I realized, fruit trees feed us.... hmmm. This is a very beautiful post. A+++ to you!

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      natureadventure 4 years ago

      I like fruit trees!!! beautiful pictures posted....!!

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      I've planted a few, one of them which was to pass my horticultural exam! Congrats on LotD!

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      goldstandard lm 4 years ago

      Yes as a child. My Uncle gave me my brother and I a pine tree and we both planted them in the back yard!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      What a beautiful display of trees. Congratulations on your LoTD award. Thanks for sharing.

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Yes lots of them. And it is indeed a pleasure to see them grow. A sense of satisfaction if you will.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      I have not yet but am looking forward to . I like planting trees .Thanks for sharing this highly informative lens

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Just stopped back in to congratulate you on LOTD for this fantastic grow a tree lens :) way to go!!!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @Northerntrials: My friend has a Bonsai tree in her yard, and yes, it is a super interesting tree for sure.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations for L:otD.

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      Jack 4 years ago

      I have planted some large trees and I have started some from seeds. I also grow Bonsai trees.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I love our trees. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      JESSE_ROCKS 4 years ago

      I always wanted to plant an avocado tree, but where i live it gets really cold in the winter.

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      ratetea 4 years ago

      I think there's a lot of good advice in this page! I think it's really good advice to choose a tree native to your area. This not only makes the tree grow better, because it's adapted to the local conditions, but then the tree is more likely to have a positive impact on the local ecosystems, like supporting native insects and birds. I have found that when people plant trees that are well-suited to the conditions they are growing in, they tend to do well and require little care.

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      Painxxto 4 years ago

      Yes I have. In fact my business is based on rubber trees so we planted around 9,000 plus another tree species. You should include more information about how much water can a tree can retain, the temperature regulation, etc.

      Very nice lens!!! I really liked it.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. Have 2 apple trees, 2 orange, 1 lemon and 1 camellia. My favorite trees are weeping willow and palm, but don't have room for either and I also heard they are a bit of a headache to take care of.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have planted lots of trees, some on purpose, some accidentally through composted seeds in the garden. I love plants that can provide food so fruit trees are my favourite. Congrats on LOTD :-)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Northerntrials: An ex and I purchased over 300 blue spruce seedlings from a tree nursery to plant on a property we owned that had been logged before we purchased it. We also planted other trees there as well but we virtually started our own private forest which was nice. A little giving back to nature.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I spent 5 years being a manager of a forest tree seedling nursery. I had an awesome time. I love growing trees for seed and see them develop. Bonsai is an interest as well.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I have planted a few trees...and look forward to planting a lot more.

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      FRANCOEUR 4 years ago

      I ve have planted many shrubs, yet to plant a tree.Useful lens.Congrats on LOTD!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Bredies: Yikes no. I have never added anything like that when we planted trees. No blood or bones for me.

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      pepys 4 years ago

      Simple and yet providing good information. I have planted about 100 trees and you have presented the ho´s very well.

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      Bredies 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. Nice work there.

      Interesting that you don't add any compost, blood and bone or slow release fertiliser at planting.

      I have always found doing this not only gives the tree a great start but accelerates the growth. Try it.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations on your LOTD award; you certainly have a wonderful lens with really great information. I'm pleased to see bonsai trees included; I think they are quite fascinating.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      LOTD you deserved it, Amazing JOB

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Firstly congratulations on LOTD and a well deserved recognition for the work and theme of your lens. Well done!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! We have many trees, and they are a lot of work for us.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I never pass up an opportunity to plant a tree. They are the best legacy you can leave behind.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Yep, we're like the previous poster---we love trees and have several different varieties in our yard. Congrats on lotd!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Loved seeing these trees and appreciate the great info. Congrats on LOTD! We love trees and have a big yard full of a wide variety.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @RogerBonger: Aw that is so very sad. Most trees grow so very easily. From what I can tell planting time and watering seem to be the largest factors in their survival.

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      I really like this lens. If we still could I'ld bless it! I confess to not having planted any trees but I have nurtured a bunch of them and thoroughly enjoy all sorts. A walk in a forest is excellent medicine.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @JoanieMRuppel54: What a lovely tradition to do. Do each of the kids know where their birth tree is?

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      RogerBonger 4 years ago

      Thank for the insights. I've planted a couple trees, both died.

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Yes! We love trees and planted one on the occasion of each of our children's birth. Congrats on LOTD, well deserved. I like your whimsical style on this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have personally never planted a tree. I have donated to causes that plant trees. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      carol2 4 years ago

      We've planted at least 20 trees on our 1/2 acre since we moved here - fruit trees, shade trees, and ornamental trees. From the end of the street our Chinese Mimosa in the front yard really shows off beautifully part of the year. Great lens - congratulations on getting LotD.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      We have this pretty cherry tree, supposed to grow several kinds of cherries. Problem is, the birds eat them all before they are anywhere near ripe enough for us to eat! That really chaps my hide. But the blossoms are gorgeous. Congrats on the LoTD!!

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      prakash-mishra-9212 4 years ago

      I love trees. I had planted 500+ drumstick trees. They will provide me money also. Some of them I raised from seeds and then planted.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love trees and have planted many. Love the way they attract all the birds and wild life.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I planted one Maple tree too close to the house and by the third year we had to cut it down. I'm not a very successful tree planter....I love that Dr. Seuss tree! Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      Yes, we are always planting trees. My favorite is the Redwood tree in California, but I haven't had any luck planting one.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Great lens on planting trees. My husband and I always replace a tree we need to take down with a new one. It's fun to decide what we want in our yard. Right now we are adding fruit trees to our collection.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I got one from my Mum a couple of years ago. It's a shade tree, so now I don't need a parasol anymore!

      Congratulations on the LotD!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Yes, many. I am in the process of planting new trees now. I should probably be waiting until the ball, but we moved to a new home in December and the landscaping was in serious need of attention.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have planted fruit trees before and they are as great addition to any garden. Well done on the LOTD.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      Beautiful page! Congrats on your well-deserved LOTD! :)

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      Nice article and congratulations on your LOTD! Great planting instructions and easy to follow. Great info for someone that wants to plant a tree but isn't sure what to do.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      I come from a family of Loggers but good ones who would replace the tree they had just cut down. Trees definitely give us more than just paper.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @LadyDuck: I absolutely love having our fruit trees. I keep telling my husband that I want a plum tree in the yard as well. I know they grow well in our area and I would love to have one.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @flycatcherrr: Lol... I love that phrase. Me too. I am a tree hugger since childhood.

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      orcamom lm 4 years ago

      Lots of useful info, thanks

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful read! I've never met a tree I didn't like & plant a few more almost every year.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I would plant trees all over if I had more space. I planted a pink flowering dogwood--beautiful flowers in the spring that last longer than a regular dogwood. And.......we planted a dwarf flowering plum tree; beautiful purple leaves and it will never grow big enough to threaten the house or the wires. Great info on the small saplings. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, you made this very easy to understand...and yes, for me, the "where" to plant it comes up a lot. Another consideration is how big will the roots be, and will they end up harming the pipes under the ground. I know because we recently had to dig a trench to replace the sewer pipes in the yard from root damage. We saved the trees, and are good for another 20 years...but what a lot of work. Congratulations on LOTD :)

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I love catalpa-hope I can plant it one day.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      First, congratulations on LOTD. Then, I thoroughly enjoyed this article and have learned a few things. Guess it's time to try once again to plant a shade tree. I love all the different types of maple trees.

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Well done, Lady..congrats on LOD.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Congrats on LotD! Great job on this - yes, I've planted a tree. It's a maple given to us by our neighbor to replace one that had to be cut down. The new one is growing well!

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Once I planted an free Arbor Day dogwood tree. We moved away and years later I was in that neighborhood and the tree was really big (for a dogwood) and full of blossoms. Made me feel good. Last year I planted a Key Lime. It already has little limes on it! Beautiful lens. Informative with gorgeous photos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lady, congratulations on Len of the Day! This is great article to be featured in the spring, when people are wanting the plant some trees of their own. - God Bless! :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      really nice article! I think I will be collecting different fruit container trees. I'm very excited to see what I can grow! Again, great article and congratulations on LotD :)

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      Tarra99 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD...if we ever get our acreage the 1st thing I'm doing is planting fruit trees.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love fruit trees, especially peaches and apricots. Congratulations for being LotD.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Absolutely! In fact, we are adopting several crepe myrtles that are now hanging out by the pool awaiting their new home. Terrific page!

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      We're fortunate to live in area surrounded by native trees, and we've planted many more trees and shrubs (both native and ornamental). Plant the a tree that fits your local conditions for height, climate, hardiness and sun, and you'll be rewarded with a tree that grows happy and strong.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I adore the Apple Blossom tree that is at my MIL's house. The blooms are so beautiful and the birds love the tree too!

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      Great information! My husband has found that watering a new tree for the first 2 - 3 years is so very important. He bought two gingkos to replace the diseased ash trees in our yard -- decided he only needed one gingko, so gave the other to our neighbors. Both are growing, but ours, due to the loving attention from my husband, is about twice the size as the other.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I'm looking forward to planting one. Thanks! And Congrats!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I'm with you! LOVE those apple trees... We have about 7 apple trees here - and on a good year, there's NOTHIN' like 'em! :) I really enjoyed the photos of the garden center... Dr. Seuss trees! LOVE IT! You are so creative! Congratulations on LotD!: )

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I can't imagine living anywhere where there weren't trees! Great lens. Congrats on LotD

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We have lots of trees in our yard, but many that were close to the house burned during our house fire. Now we have cleared areas that need new trees, so hopefully we'll be planting a few choice new ones soon. What fun to choose a Dr. Seuss tree, though maybe something smaller than the huge one in your picture. Congratulations on your fun and inspiring Lens of the Day!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Faye Rutledge: I spent a lot of my childhood surrounded by forests and would so love to live there again. I enjoy our yard a lot because it maintains that rural feel to it even in the city. I would love to see more trees within cities. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never planted a tree, but I love them. I live in the woods with lots of trees! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Great ideas and cool pictures, love them! And congrats for the LOTD! :)

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      I have never planted a tree, but I always thought that when I purchased my first home, I would plant a baby red maple in the yard somewhere. Those are such a beautiful tree I love them :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I can see how that would use very much the same skills. Your artistic nature would come through in either situation. Some of the shaped bushes and trees are so very delightful. A fantasy come to life.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Meganhere: I love our apple and pear tree. The cherries we generally just nibble on the lower fruits and leave the upper ones for the birds to enjoy.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @DuaneJ: I so do agree Duane. With man moving ever further into the wilderness areas we are misplacing wildlife and forestation. Planting as many trees as one can will really help to make up for this if only a small degree. We can all do our part. (Gosh I feel like Johnny Appleseed lol.)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Erin Mellor: That is a wonderful story. I often wonder how the walnut and red maple leaf trees I had planted many years ago are doing. We lived in a wooded area with a lot of squirrels and I thought they might enjoy the walnuts lol.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I've planted trees in my garden, but my favorite tree plantings were as a child when we grew acorns into saplings in the kitchen, then my Dad took us to sneak in and plant them on the edge of a field by the highway. They're oaks now.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      As always, excellent lens! With the eco-system on its head, we need to do more. Planting trees would be a perfect start.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Great lens! I have fruit trees in my backyard.