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Planting Trees


Well it's time to dig you a hole and plant you a tree. It's Arbor Day in Texas and for the next couple of weeks we're going to be talking about planting trees and telling you which ones are the best to plant.

First of all you've got to dig you a hole, maybe even have to blast, but definitely use one of these metal bars to try to get a hole punched in the ground. But before you ever dig that hole look up, look around, and check the utility wires. Don't plant them under the utility wires because these trees are going to get big. They're going to grow into trees. The next thing you want to do is, people say, "I want to plant a big, fast growing tree," get you a small tree. First of all most of us can afford a small tree like this, we don't have to dig such a big deep hole to plant it in, and if you grow the right tree for this area it will be a fast growing tree.

Now for instance these trees that you see right here, this beautiful red oak which is one of our adapted trees, the pistache, and this cypress, have beautiful fall color as you can obviously see and have grown at least three feet per year growing on solid stone. So choose an adapted tree. If you don't know which ones are the adapted trees check the local papers. Tomorrow's garden page in both papers will give you the trees to plant in this area and which ones do the best.

So you can plant a small tree in a location in your yard and have a beautiful specimen in a few years that you can be real proud of. Plant it on Arbor Day.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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