An ounce of preparation costs one pound of medicine.
That is a good idea for a tree planting project that I plan to attend at Benjamin Mice Elementary School today. They put seven new trees on their property. Extension staff visited the site to provide some helpful guidance. Here are some simple tips to help you make sure these trees have a good start and a good chance of survival.
Today is South Carolina Arbor Day. While National Pastoral Day is celebrated in April, South Carolina celebrates the first Friday in December. And for good reason, this is the best time of the year to plant trees like autumn and winter. When the tree is asleep, and when the weather is cold, planting allows the tree to form before the summer heat arrives.
It is important to carefully consider the location of the tree. In most cases it is much easier to think of a place and then find a suitable tree than to find a tree and then try to find a suitable place. When choosing a place to live, consider the specific needs and preferences of a tree species. Doing a little research to learn more about your tree species is an important part of the process. Give the tree enough space to reach its full height and width. Do not forget to plan the growth of the root, which will reach the width of the cover or more. Call 811 to get rid of underground utilities.
Here are some key tips to keep in mind before planting a tree. First, examine the root ball of the tree to find out where the root of the tree is. The root fly is the place where the stem expands in the zone where the roots emerge. The clay soil in the container can cover the bottom fire, so do not assume that the topsoil in the container is the upper part of the bottom ball. From the bottom of the root canal to the base of the volcano, create a hole that is exactly the same size as the base ball. If the pit is too deep and too full, the soil will eventually settle and the tree will fall.
The width of the pit can be 2-3 times the size of the base ball. The roots of the tree grow to the bottom, not to the outside, so a wide hole encourages that lateral growth. Although it may seem like a good idea, do not improve the natural soil when it is replenished after planting. Instead of creating artificial conditions around the root ball, encourage the roots to grow into native soil. You can find more information about planting trees on HICIC Online Information Sheet 1001, about planting trees correctly.
Piedmont Technical College Horticulture Program Pointsetia Sale will take place today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 720S Emerald Road Greenhouse. The 2022 Major Gardener Volunteer Training Unit is now accepting applicants. Contact our office for details. Visit the Online Calendar at https://calendar.clemson.edu/ to record extension events and episodes.
Our office is collecting travel-sized sanitary ware to assemble kit for children in DSS care. Donations will be accepted until noon Monday.
Our offices are closed for the holidays, December 24-31. Contact me at email@example.com or 864-889-0541. The Greenwood County Extension Office at 105 North University Street is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 30 p.m. Call the office at 864-223-3264. Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates at facebook.com/GreenwoodCoExtension.
Stephanie Turner is the Greenwood County Fruit and Vegetable Agent for Clemsen Cooperative Extension.