Arbor Day event includes planting tips, free saplings

Arbor Day

County extension horticultural agent Sheila Dunning, inset, will present a local Arbor Day tree planting seminar Jan. 21. Last year's event included a tree-planting demonstration.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 04:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The rest of the country may start planting trees in the spring, but Northwest Florida's tree planting season is now.

Tuesday, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences horticulture agent Sheila Dunning will conduct an Arbor Day program titled "Preventing Tree Failure." Three basic topics will be covered:

●"Proper species selection is number one," Dunning said. It's necessary to choose trees for storm resilience and branch structure appropriate for the region.

When to plant. Planting now, in winter, is the region's best tree-planting season, Dunning said.

Proper tree planting. "Planting too deep and not opening up the roots are the two most common problems we see," county extension Director Larry Williams said.

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