When and Where to Plant
a location with good soil drainage and good air drainage such as on the top or
side of a hill, to avoid frost pockets where cold air or late frosts settle at
the bottoms of valleys. Avoid areas with soil that stays saturated for
long periods of time, such as creek bottoms or low areas that stay saturated
during snow melt in spring.
Pick a location with good sunlight. The best areas
are along the edges of food plots. If you are planting in the forest pick
tree fall gaps or open areas where the trees can grow towards sunlight above.
are an edge species, so select areas along existing woodlands at the edge of
fields or open areas. Plant trees in groups for best pollination, ideally
in groups of 5-10 for each kind of tree. Most trees are wind and insect
pollinated, and this will improve nut and fruit. Trees can also be
planted as corridors, to create cover for game to move between separate patches
of woodlands. Fence rows can be used as natural trellises to plant
berries and grapes.
Spend some time on your land and consider how game moves on the land
currently. Plan how you want to hunt your food plot, such as the location
for stands in existing larger trees, and for open shooting lanes.
Planting along edges allows you to shoot across an open lane to game feeding
along the other side.
Trees are spaced according
to their ultimate size. If planted too far apart, inefficient pollination
occurs, or if planted too close, trees will grow towards the sunlight and
not bear crops on the side branches (this is OK if a timber crop is also
desired). Chestnuts and oaks are planted 35-40' apart and fruit trees
such as apples, pears and persimmons are planted 15-20’' apart.
the past, trees were traditionally planted at the end of winter, because they
were grown bare-root in the field nurseries and shipped dormant (without
leaves) to the buyer.
container grown trees, trees can be planted throughout much of the year, except
during the coldest winter months when there is snow on the ground or the ground
is frozen, as long as you have adequate irrigation.
can be planted in the south from October through April. In northern states, planting is best in
September and again in April and May.
spring, we ship progressively farther north as the spring arrives across the
nation. If you receive trees from us in the spring, wait until after the
major threat of frost is past before planting.
is an excellent time to plant. Not only are you at your property
preparing to hunt, but the trees slow down and go dormant with the fall, and
even without leaves continue to root in during the winter as long as the ground
is not frozen.The young trees will
become acclimated and actually come out stronger in the spring. Fall
usually brings frontal rains, that water the trees naturally, and since they
are slowing down in growth and going dormant, require less water. This is especially good for forest plantings
where you cannot easily get water to the trees after planting.