Area Arbor Day events teach selecting and planting native trees

Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 04:52 PM.

Planting trees in north Okaloosa County

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Okaloosa County Extension Director Larry Williams offers these tips when planting a sapling brought home from the nursery.

Loosen the roots from the root ball. "Circling" can stunt growth when roots try to wrap around inside the container in which it is sold.

Knock away potting soil as necessary to free the roots.

Dig the outside of the hole about the same circumference as the largest branches and stretch the larger roots out. Make the hole no deeper than the topmost roots and the tree's "collar."

Do not stomp the soil down. Instead, water the sapling well and let the water compact the soil. Use clippers to trim broken branches or those growing in the wrong direction. Never clip a branch right up against the tree's trunk.

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