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How to Plant a Tree

[oak] This activity can be used in combination with the following EEK! stories: Happy Arbor Day, I Know a Tree, A Tree's True Color, Leaf Printing or the activity, Trees and Air Quality

Things to Consider Before Planting a Tree

Before you start digging, do a little homework and consider the following:

  • Look up. If there are overhead utilities plant a low growing tree or select a different planting site.

  • Look around. Be sure you pick the right tree for the right place. Leave plently of room for your tree to grow. That perfect spot right next to the school might not be so perfect when the tree reaches its mature size.

  • Know your hardiness zone and choose trees adapted to that zone. You don't want to plant a tree and have it die because it can't tolerate Wisconsin's winter climate.

  • You've picked the right tree for the right place, you've just got one more thing to do before breaking out the shovel. Call Diggers Hotline at 1-800-242-8511. You don't want to dig into an underground utility line, so be sure to give Diggers Hotline a call.

Now you're ready to go. Check out the 7 Steps in Planting Your Tree (Leaves EEK!)

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