The Basics Of Planting Native Trees

Coweta Tree Services is known for their tree removal in Newnan Ga but we also know a thing or two about trees!

From the iconic leaves from dropped from the Pacific Northwestern big-leaf maple to the relaxing and inspiring royal palm tree of the Southeast, having a tree native to the area is a good idea if you’re thinking of planting one. Native trees are just what they sound. They are native to the region they are growing in. Depending on wherever you are, the native trees in your backyard have been there geographically for eons of time. They’re well suited to the environment around you, so planting one should be easy, right? Well, there may be some factors to consider:

Native Trees Are Well Suited To Your Environment

Because native trees adapted to where you live, the local fauna will be more attracted to use the tree for shelter, food, and more. Before you determine whether or not you want a native tree growing where it can attract the animals, you should make sure:

The animals that will be attracted to your tree are ones you won’t mind. For example, if the native tree your looking to plant may attract squirrels that can infest your land, you need to take this into account. Your Tree shouldn’t be in danger of these animals. – Some trees may attract unique birds, like woodpeckers, bugs that eat the wood on your tree, and other pests that could damage your tree. Do your research to ensure your native tree is safe from animal abuse. Often, you’ll find some pests won’t be able to cope well with local trees in the area, but it could still be a problem for some trees.

So you’ve looked it up, you’ve done your research, and you still want to plant a native tree. Here’s the good news then:

Your native tree will probably live for a long time. – Since this is a native tree, it’s suited to the dirt, atmosphere, temperature, and other challenges that non-native trees may have a hard time coping with otherwise. This tree should last for generations, or longer (depending on the type). It’s also going to be immune to many pests that would otherwise eat non-native trees like a buffet. Your native tree will contribute to other trees in the area. – The more similar trees there are in their local region, the more the trees will cross-pollinate and grow throughout the region. While Johnny Appleseed certainly has a record to keep, at least you know that your tree will help spread it’s genetics to the other trees and bolster your neighborhood’s ecosystem. The animals, insects, and birds native to the area will use your tree to live their lives too! Again, this will help the local eco-system of your neighborhood compared to using a tree that these faunae may not use otherwise.

Searching For Your Native Tree

Looking for a native tree may be a tough cookie. It’s not that these native trees are hard to find, it’s just that gardens and tree nurseries may specialize more in non-native trees. Here are a few tips for looking for your specific native tree:

Call and inquire about native trees at a tree nursery or garden, or anywhere that sells trees. – Even if they don’t have the tree in question, trees and plants are their business, so they might have a connection that you can use to acquire your native tree. Learn to plant your native tree with natural seeds – While this process takes the longest (because you have to grow the tree from seed), chances are there are trees in your local neck of the woods that have seeds you could use. Make sure that the tree you are looking to grow can be grown in the first place, as some trees need specific requirements. Transplant a sapling from your local area. – If you have access to a part of the woods and get permission to dig up a tree there, you could easily transplant one of these local trees directly without even needing a tree nursery! Keep in mind that you need to check up on the health of the sapling, and ensure it won’t die when you transplant it.

Watch Out For These Mistakes When Planting Your Native Tree

Do not plant your native tree in your yard without checking on growing specifications. – If your native tree grows in a different soil-type than what your yard offers, you don’t want to be planting it. Make sure it’s the right time to be transplanting your tree. – Trees are hardy plants, but they aren’t impervious. Time your transplant with the best season your new tree will grow in to ensure it latches onto the soil and is healthy when the winter hits. Ensure that your tree has the proper space to get some sun and grow. – When trees don’t have enough sunlight, they will become shorter and more susceptible to pests and disease.

Now that you know what to look for, you need to find the perfect tree for your region! There are many places to find a tree in your part of the world. I find this Wikipedia article lists so many good trees, organized by specific countries and states. Make sure to research more about that particular tree before purchasing to make sure that it is correct for where you live. Have fun planting!

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