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I am always stunned when I find things growing in other people’s yards. “How on earth do they manage it?” I always wonder. This time that person is me, for I have grown a shrubbery. Not only has the tree I planted back in April not died but it is flourishing and green.

Several lessons come from this experience. The first is that planting isn’t as hard as it may have seemed: Dig a hole, put the tree in the hole, fill with soil, and add water. It’s not rocket science. The other invaluable lesson is to look up what grows well in your area. Almost any nursery site or brick-and-mortar nursery will be able to help you with what will take root and succeed in your area. Take heed and plant that, and it will most likely work out for you.

This little Cypress tree started out with two naked sticks above the ground and has popped up six inches thus far and sprouted a full bundle of leafy type growth. I’m no judge of these things but that seems like a great victory for the lawn-and-garden-impaired like myself.

Planting Isn’t Evil After All [Toolmonger]


4 Responses to Planting Trees Actually Works

  1. Is that a Bald Cypress? (looks like it) If so, you’ll want to remove that smaller side shoot. You want your tree to have a single trunk… although it looks like the main leader has already been damaged — it should be the tallest part of the tree, but it looks like you’ve got some side branches taking over for it. I’m not an arborist but have some experience with trees, and this one may never have a chance to develop a nice form.

  2. Keith says:


    I just just getting ready to make the same exact comment regarding species and trimming. I’m glad to hear others know these things as well. We had to have several very old specimen trees removed from our yard since they had multiple leaders that leaned over the house. Every storm we had we worried that it one of them would finally split and fall. Trimming trees is so much more than owning a chainsaw and cutting the tops off!

  3. zoomzoomjeff says:

    Do you have any good reads (online preferrably) on how to best trim trees, whether new or old? I’m a first time homeowner and we have great 30-40 year old walnuts, pine, crabapple, and lindens.

    Thanks for the great article, Sean. I hope to plant a few select trees in addition to what I have, and have heard that a local nursery is hard to be in terms of expertise, vs. online or catalog.

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