Tree Planting and Site Preparation

Tree Site Preparation
When our company is planning a Tree Planting Project, good site-prep is a must for us to have the greatest success! It’s not only the location that is important, such as an area with plenty of sunlight, but also that there are no overhead electrical lines. We always consider the location of underground electrical wires, water pipes and sewage lines just to name a few.

When I was younger I worked in forestation for The U.S. Forest Service and The State of Idaho. That’s where a crew of people go into a burned area and plant thousands of trees.

Over the years I’ve done a lot of natural landscaping around lake cabins for people who want to keep that natural look. We normally plant indigenous trees to the area such as Douglas Fir, Spruce, Ponderosa Pine and White Pine along with some hardwood trees just to name a few.
In the past I’ve attempted to dig up trees in the forest and plant them in the yards of my customers with little success.

Long-ago I came to the conclusion it’s just best to go to a nursery and purchase the trees there. They grow faster and have a much higher success rate.

The problem with removing trees from the forest by hand or even using a backhoe is you can never get a sufficient amount of the root system still attached to tree. For the last 15 years we solely bought trees from the nursery and then we would delivered them to the planting site. Normally we get a better deal if we buy in bulk because a lot of the local nurseries will dig trees up from the field every two weeks.

On average the trees we plant are approximately 6 foot tall and weigh roughly 350 pounds. They are for our customers that need a privacy fence or just don’t want to wait six years for a seedling to grow into a 6 foot tree. We have found for the best survival rate we always add rich soil around the tree and a water drip line for two year after planting.

If you are looking for a tree planting service or site preparation contact me today… Northern Lakes Tree Service!

About Author: Damon Bretthauer
The beginning of Northern Lakes Tree Service all started back in 1993 when I decided that I wanted to work for myself and be outdoors. With a couple of husky chainsaw’s and well used climbing gear I managed to scrape together, along with my old 1956 Ford two ton truck that wasn’t very pretty but got the job done, I began doing tree service around the area. This is when we learned the art of “Low Impact Tree Removal.” Simply put, it’s how to work around and at the same time Protect Landscaping, Lawns ,Driveways and Walkways and every other obstacle in or around a yard without damaging anything. Because as you know people work hard on their lawns and landscaping and don’t want to see it carelessly damaged or destroyed when tree service is being done.

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