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Tree Planting in Michigan
by Melvin R. Koeling, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
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During the past 50 years, millions of trees have been planted in Michigan. The majority of these were planted to reforest cutover, idle or abandoned agricultural land. Many acres have also been planted for windbreaks and Christmas trees. As a result of these plantings, several thousand acres have been successfully reforested and millions of Christmas trees produced. These plantations enhance the natural beauty of our state, control soil

 

These plantations enhance the natural beauty of our state, control soil erosion, protect watersheds, furnish cover for wildlife, and supply pulpwood, poles, etc. which contribute to our total economy. The demand for forest nursery stock persists. But, as opposed to earlier plantings on large acreages, many plantings are now made on small land areas which are owned by absentee or non-resident owners.

Table of Contents

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PLANTING..2

  • Why are you planting?..................................2
  • What kind of trees to plant?..........................2
  • What kind of trees to plant?..........................2
  • What kind of trees to plant?..........................2
  • Plant more than one kind of tree?..................5
  • When should you plant?................................5
  • How far apart?.............................................6

PREPARING THE SOIL FOR PLANTING...........8

HOW TO PLANT...................................................9

  • Hand Planting................................................9
  • Machine Planting..........................................10
  • Planting in Containers...................................11

PLANTING FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES..............14

CARE AFTER PLANTING....................................14

WHERE TO GET HELP.........................................15

 

Their purpose in ownership and tree planting is variable. Some may plant to provide wildlife cover, others to improve aesthetic or recreational values, or the prevention of soil erosion may be of more importance than providing raw materials for industries. Walnut plantings are frequently made for investment purposes. In such plantings particular emphasis must be given to the use of good planting techniques, since quality stock is often used and maximum survival and growth are desired. This bulletin discusses some concerns which should be considered before planting. It also describes techniques which will help in successfully establishing plantings of forest trees.

 

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During the past 50 years, millions of trees have been planted in Michigan. The majority of these were planted to reforest cutover, idle or abandoned agricultural land. Many acres have also been planted for windbreaks and Christmas trees. As a result of these plantings, several thousand acres have been successfully reforested and millions of Christmas trees produced. These plantations enhance the natural beauty of our state, control soil

 

These plantations enhance the natural beauty of our state, control soil erosion, protect watersheds, furnish cover for wildlife, and supply pulpwood, poles, etc. which contribute to our total economy. The demand for forest nursery stock persists. But, as opposed to earlier plantings on large acreages, many plantings are now made on small land areas which are owned by absentee or non-resident owners.