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Re: TH: Advice Please

 Post-To: Tree-House@Majordomo.Flora.Com (Community Forestry) ----------
>  Post-To: Tree-House@Majordomo.Flora.Com (Community Forestry) ----------
>  -------
Hi Judy, Hi TreeHouse,

I know you, must be from the Grow atumnal, harvest Party.  As Paul
said, we have a bit of experience with community tree nurserys...

We grow ours in pots, the ultimate size of the trees to be
transplanted determines the size of the pot!  You will need a
secure area with water, setting up a sprinkler system is best:
the easier it is to water, the more likely it is to get done...
I mix my own potting soil and use time release fertilizer (sorry that's
not organic, it's important).  

There are many variables and many considerations.  Call me at
(410) 396-0712 and I send you every thing we have, and tell you
everything I know...  But remember, free advise is worth what you paid
for it.  


> I direct a community gardening program in DC and am providing some advice to
> a community development organization that is getting trees from the Natl Tree
> Trust, and now I need advice.  NTT will provide the trees in Spring 1998.
>  They are 1 year old seedlings of four varieties -- willow oak, redbud, red
> maple, and white pine -- 100 of each.  
> We will need to prepare a plan for their location and have developed two
> possible  scenarios.  Now we need some guidance due to the very young age of
> the seedlings: 
> 1.  We pick permanent locations for the trees -- in parks, in public housing,
> at community organizations, etc. and put the trees there when we get them.
>  If so, what kind of protection would be best for them and for how long, so
> that they survive well.
> 2.  We decide they are too small to be put in their permanent location, so we
> pick a place to create a tree bank and plant them there for some time first.
>  Is this a better idea?  How long should they be protected in a tree bank
> before transplanting?  How long will be too long, after which the trees would
> be too hard to move safely, using ordinary volunteer person-power, not
> commercial tree moving equipment.  
> I welcome any and all advice.  Thanks, Judy Tiger, GROW19@aol.com