Now is a great time to make future tree planting decisions whether for one or two trees in the yard or several acres. Depending on where you live and the acreage you own, your tree needs will vary. Recently our office received a supply of 2008-09 DNR Tree Order Forms. A variety of trees, small tree and shrub seedlings are available for order that will be ready for planting next spring. Some species are in high demand and therefore a lottery method is used by the DNR Nursery Program to enable distribution of trees. Despite the lottery deadline for sold out species being past, there remains ample supply with exception of a few shrub species. Individual species are ordered in lots of 100 and range from $26.05-$37.55 per lot. Several packet options are available with prices ranging from $40.50-$63.60. Five deciduous species are available in a smaller quantity of 50 for either $40 or $50, depending on species. Orders can be made by phone, fax or mail. Order forms can be picked up at local Extension or SWCD office locations. To contact the IDNR Nursery Program, the phone is 812-358-3621 at Vallonia. Order forms, planting instructions, tree species information, and use are available online at www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/ or you can stop by the Extension office if you do not have internet access. To contact the DNR District Forester, Ralph Unversaw 812-829-2462 is the contact in Owen County whereas Jeremiah Lemmons at 812-665-2130 is the contact in Clay County.
Whether purchasing new trees or relocating existing seedlings, make certain species are planted correctly.
This includes the planting process of not planting too deeply or shallow or J-rooting the tree. Also most trees like adequately drained soils.
Exceptions are the swamp oaks and bald cypress which can actually thrive in wet conditions. If you remember from previous columns, grey soil or grey soil spots are indicators of wet soils.
Also keep in mind that some species are adapted to the Clay and Owen area better than others.
If you want an evergreen, the Norway spruce is likely the best overall choice. White pines are very nice appearing trees but will not have the longevity of Norway Spruce on most of our local soils. White pines are more sensitive to salt or other factors along roadways and typically have longevity of only 15-25 years on our tight, wet, silt loam soils. White or Green Ash trees have many borer and decline problems. They are also a likely candidate to be lost in future years due to the spread of the emerald ash borer. Certain elm trees planted would likely fall prey to Dutch Elm disease.
Despite being the state tree, tulip poplar trees do not make very good yard trees and are susceptible to a variety of problems. These are all factors to keep in mind when identifying tree seedlings for transplant or when purchasing seedlings or even balled trees to plant. Also keep in mind to allow space from power lines and other structures that trees could interfere with in the future.
You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 829-5020 Ext. 14 in Owen County or 448-9041 in Clay County for more information or publication copies regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.
While most publications are free, some do have a fee.
All times listed are Eastern Time.
Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday-Extension Offices Closed
Dec. 1 - Owen-Monroe Cattleman's Program, Stinesville, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 - Bi-state Crops Program w/ PARP & CCH credits, Beef House, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 5-6 - Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention, Evansville
Dec. 10-11 - Midwest Invasive Plant Network Annual Meeting, Indianapolis
Dec. 11 - Farm Income Tax Program, Brazil, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16-17 - Certified Crop Advisor Conference, Indianapolis
Dec. 17 - Rural Energy Workshop, Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Jan. 13 - Forestry Class-8 week evenings, Martinsville
Jan. 19-21 - Hort Congress, Indianapolis
Jan. 21-22 - Midwest Organic Conference, Indianapolis
Jan. 26 - Clay Extension Advisory Council Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 - Managing Margin Risk-5 Tuesdays (Brazil and Spencer) 7 p.m.