With Earth Day quickly approaching, it always reminds me of the good old days when I was in grade school.
As the students would leave for the day, the school would hand out tree seeds or tree sprouts to each child on their way out the door to walk to the buses. The idea was to promote growth and do your part to keep the world “greener.” What a cool idea. Most of us do not think of the benefits of planting trees, but trees are an excellent source of oxygen. When our bodies release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trees take that in.
When a tree “exhales” – it releases the ever-important oxygen that we need. See the cycle, here? So, in short, trees are vital.
Planting trees does not require a lot of work, but it does require some sort of advanced planning. Having experience with planting sprouts and seeds, I can assure you that the only thing you will want to be sure of is how much room the tree, at its full size, will need for growth. Some trees grow tall and thin while others spread out as they grow. If you plant one that will grow to be extremely tall, you will also want to make sure that you do not plant your tree sprout or seeds near a home or structure. When the tree begins to grow, it could potentially cause damage to the home or structure’s foundation as its roots spread and branch out, therefore you’d have to take out the tree.
Repairs to a home or structure can become quite costly, so it is always best to avoid these places whenever possible.
When you plant a sprout, it will start out with a little bag attached to the base of the sprouting. This bag protects the roots during transporting and may even have some well fertilized soil in it, to maintain the sprouts nutrient base.
When you pick your location, you will need to dig your hole 6-8” below the grass. Another important thing to consider is the ‘soil’ in which you are digging into. If the soil is mostly clay-based, you will need to add addition soil, like Miracle-Gro, which is high in nutrients for the sprout to thrive in. It will also be a good aid in the successful growing of the plant or tree. When clay-based soil is prevalent, it inhibits proper growth and the tree will struggle to survive or may not grow to its full potential.
After you dig your hole, you need to remove the protective ‘bag’ around the roots and dump the contents into the hole. Then, carefully you can submerge the sprout into the dirt and carefully begin to fill in the hole, covering the roots. After you fill the entire hole in, you can pack down the soil, lightly, to help the sprout stand. If you are having trouble keeping the sprout standing on its own, you can place a stake in the ground and tie some string around the sprout’s trunk to the stake. You can also purchase a ‘tomato plant cage’ which can full protect the plant or tree as it grows.
Another easy thing you can do is to plant a tree from seeds. When you start out this way, you are essentially creating your own sprouts. You will want to ensure that you are using strong, sturdy, nutrient enriched soil for your seeds to thrive in.
Dig your hole 6-8” deep and drop your seeds in. You will need to water the soil where the roots will be nestled. Do not OVERWATER your seeds. They don’t need a bath!
Simply getting the soil wet, should be enough for the seeds to draw moisture from. As it rains, moisture will continue to get to the seeds, until the sprouts pop through the surface. After you cover your seeds and can no longer see where they were planted, before you walk away, you can place a small flag in the spot, so you can continue to monitor that space over the next few weeks. When you do this, it will help you find the exact spot where you dropped the seeds.
To protect the seeds, you can also place a cage around it, so you do not cut the fresh sprout away with a weed eater or lawn mower.