Friday, August 22, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Tree Davis: Fall tree planting 101

By
From page A8 | October 10, 2012 |

By Sydney Vergis

As fall colors start to emerge, tree planting season begins here in Davis. Cooler temperatures allow for new trees to establish their roots, without the stress of the heat.

Are you thinking about planting a tree in your front or back yard? The success of that tree will be dependent largely on if it is placed in the right location. You’ll want to take note of nearby buildings and power lines and then compare that with the average height, canopy spread, growth rate and soil, sun and water requirements of the trees you are considering planting.

The city of Davis uses a master tree list as a guide for selecting a city street tree, which could be a good place to start looking for information on trees that might “fit” in your landscaping plans. Once you have selected the tree you are interested in planting, you’ll want to follow these steps:

* Prepare and dig the planting area. Make sure to dig a planting area that is two to three times the diameter of your tree’s root ball, and no deeper than your tree’s root ball. The sides of the holes should be rough and uneven, which can help new roots grow out into surrounding soil. Before you dig, call 811 and make sure you know what’s below.

* If the tree is in a container, gently remove the container from the tree’s root ball — don’t pull by the trunk. Loosen the tree roots with your fingertips and prune away damaged or circling roots.

* Loosen the soil near the trunk to find the area where the trunk gets wider as the first roots join the trunk. This is called the “trunk flare.”

* Place the tree in the hole. The bottom of the ball should rest on solid, undisturbed soil. Make sure that when you have filled in the hole with soil, the trunk flare is at or just above the soil surface. Make sure you have not planted your tree too deep! This can cause bark to rot.

* Stand back and look at the tree before putting the soil back into the hole. You can make careful adjustments at this time to the planting height and the direction the branches face without seriously harming the roots.

* Gently backfill the original soil removed earlier. Do not add fertilizer, compost or other material. Use one-third of the soil at a time and break up dirt clods and remove any grass, weeds or rocks. Lightly pack the soil with the shovel handle to remove air pockets. Do not stamp on or compress soil heavily since the best soil for root growth has spaces for both air and water, but not large air pockets, which causes problems.

Water briefly. Refill and pack again until soil is even with top of root ball. The trunk flare should be slightly above the soil. Water thoroughly.

* Cover the entire loosened area of soil with 3 to 4 inches of mulch (chipped wood or bark, compost or dry leaves). Mulch will slow water loss, reduce competition from weeds and grasses, moderate soil temperature and provide a small amount of nutrients. But keep the mulch away from trunk of tree to prevent disease.

Stake the tree only if you think tree stability is a problem. Stalking should be used as a temporary measure to allow the tree trunk to develop strength and should be removed as soon as possible.

If you are interested in learning more, this material and more is available through the “Tree Guide for Davis” on our website, treedavis.org. This guide was created with the support of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the California Center for Urban Horticulture Partnership.

Tree Davis is a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring people to plant and care for trees, and to promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. If you are interested in using the planting skills outlined here, volunteer information for local tree planning events is available at treedavis.org.

— Sydney Vergis is a Tree Davis volunteer. This column is published monthly.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

.

News

DHS musicians back from summer in Italy

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
City to overhaul its sprinkler heads, other water-wasters

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

No easy task: History buffs still trying to save building

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Davis indecent-exposure suspect pleads no contest

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Not-guilty plea entered in Woodland homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Russian aid convoy reaches war-torn Luhansk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Putah Creek Council appoints new executive director

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A3

Communitywide ice bucket challenge on Sunday

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

 
Parents’ Night Out features Vacation Bible School

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Afternoon tours of city wetlands resume Sept. 6

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Yolo County golf tournament enters fourth year

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Saylor will meet constituents at Peet’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Event will unveil mural celebrating food justice

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Prunes take center stage at last agri-tour of the summer

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

In need of food? Apply for CalFresh

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Wolk bill would require reporting of water system leaks

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Writing couple stops at Davis bookstore

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Explorit: Final Blast show returns for second year

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A5

Record drought saps California honey production

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
World travelers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Seniors set to stroll through Arboretum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

.

Forum

Weightlifters causing a racket

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Police are our friends, right?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Wage plan has a big flaw

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Bridging the digital divide with computational thinking

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

No support for militarization

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
A better use for this vehicle

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

.

Sports

Watts likes what he’s seen in keen Aggie DB competition

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Watney and McIlroy struggle at start of The Barclays

By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B1

 
Light-hitting Cats fall

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Giants win nightcap in Chicago

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Big West soccer coaches have high hopes for UCD men

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

Yolo Mambo to play free show

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘If I Stay’: Existential angst

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11

 
Davis Chinese Film Festival to kick off with 1994 favorite

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Rock Band campers perform at E Street Plaza

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Natsoulas to host mural conference

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

.

Business

Car Care: Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Car Care: Feeling the summer heat? Your car battery is too

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, August 22, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6