Planting White Pines

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Flyscaper, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Flyscaper

    Flyscaper LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 34

    Hey Guys this my first post on this great website. I do have question and that is I have a client that wants 15 6-7' white pines planted and I was wondering if I could plant them now or would it be smarter to wait until the spring time. I live in zone 7 southeast pa.

    Shaun :drinkup:
  2. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    Ok now as long as the ground isn't frozen and saturated. If either one you will have a greater problem w/ air pockets that will dry the roots out and not 'anchor' the tree in well. But other than that, you're ok.
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Use Vapor-Gard or Wilt-Pruf to keep them from dessicating.
  4. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    Plant them, dig the holes a little larger and back fill with compst topsoil......make sure you pick out some healthy looking white pines tho. Stay away from any browing on the needles furthest away from the truck.

  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree with all of the above, and as an afterthought, you may want to include a co-polymer gel in the backfill mix as well.It will really help the trees in the spring w/ water uptake for new feeder roots. Also, watch for "seconds" trees with all the nurseries trying to sell their premium pines for Christmas trees. Check the root balls for evidence of excessive root pruning,too.
  6. John B Laidlaw

    John B Laidlaw LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Agree with all the above... add stake well esp. to westerlies. I'm in bethlehem and it looks like you have a window of opportunity weather wise.
  7. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi to Bethlehem, PA. I lived in the Lehigh Valley for many years before I moved to Erie. Great place to live and work, but it was getting a little too crowded for me. I lived in Bethlehem for a little over 10 years when I was working at Moravian College. Before that I worked at Greentree Nursery. I still keep in touch with some of the people back there.
  8. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    Tell Andy, Tom said the fishing for steelhead is great!

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