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Do you drill trees for the pin stands?
Yes, we have two drill machines. We also sell three
sizes of stands to accommodate trees up to 12 feet.



Do you bale trees?
Yes, we have four baling machines and can bale trees up to 13 feet.



Do you have saws?
Yes, we have hand saws to borrow although you may have a hand saw at home that you are more comfortable with. Chain saws are not provided because they can be dangerous and are actually heavy to carry around while looking for a tree.



How are your trees priced?
The trees are priced based on type and very reasonable.



How fresh are your cut trees?
The trees we cut and place on the stands are cut daily. Therefore they are always as fresh as possible.



Do I need to make a fresh cut on the bottom when I get my tree home?
If it has only been a couple of hours, no. Otherwise it cannot hurt to take a thin sliver off the bottom of the trunk to open the pores. Each ring contains pores through which the water travels. These are like very thin straws. As the tree transpires it needs to replenish its fluids and will draw water from the stand. That is why it is imperative to keep the stand full. If it runs dry there is a good chance the pores will block and the tree will dry out. Trees have been known to draw up to1-2 quarts of water daily. Directly proportional to it’s transpiration rate. Make sure your stand can hold at least that much.






 

How deep do I plant the tree?
All trees should be planted at the same level as it was in the field or slightly higher. Never plant a tree deeper. If soil or mulch is piled around the trunk the tree will die a slow death. The extra soil does not allow air to reach the roots or trunk. It is recommended to dig the hole three times wider than the root ball but at the same depth. The soft soil surrounding the newly planted tree will allow for an acceleration of root growth and a speedy recovery.



Do I take the wire and burlap off?
For trees under six feet it is recommended to place the tree root ball in the hole. Keep rocking the tree until it stands straight. Do not place stones or fill under the root ball to make it stand straight because it will tilt later on. Fill the hole half way with soil. Water the soil in well while poking with a shovel to eliminate voids in and around the root ball. After the hole is half filled untie the sisal twine from the root ball, fold the wire outward and down and untie the burlap. Fold the burlap into the hole. Then complete filling the hole with soil and water in well while doing so. Finally rake the area, clean up and cut the string from the green if it was tied up.

For trees over six feet I do not recommend taking the sisal twine, burlap or wire off at the time of planting. Plant as above without the removal. This will stabilize the tree against blow over which will occur in heavy winds. The sisal twine and burlap on all trees we sell are biodegradable and will usually be disintegrated within a year. Green twine and green burlap is not and should be removed. Do take the twine off the green after planting. The wire basket will be around for awhile but removing it can cause disaster by allowing the root ball to fall apart and break many of the roots.



How often do I water the tree?
There has been a lot of debate over this one. There is no set standard. Small plants with a potting mixture have a tendency to dry out rather quickly but a tree with a large root ball can easily be over-watered, especially if the surrounding soil is not very porous. The standard is a good watering every 10-14 days during the summer months. This allows the root ball to dry a bit and send out new roots. If there has been a lot of rain you may have to skip a watering cycle. I believe larger recently planted trees die from over-watering or from being planted too deeply more than anything else. It simply suffocates the roots.

A little Miracle Grow or water-soluble fertilizer can be used at the time of planting and during watering to help with reestablishment and color. Do not use products for acid-loving plants. Most trees like the pH around 6. Nutrients are more readily available in this range and natural soils in this part of the country have a tendency to be at or below 5.

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