Lake City FL Arbor Day

Columbia County (Florida) residents will be having their Lake City FL Arbor Day this Friday (4/26/13) at 10:00 at Memorial Stadium. This annual event is a free tree give away and is done by the Lake City/Columbia County Beautification Committee.

Each Columbia County residence can choose up to two free trees and one to two seedings. Proof of residence (Driver License) for Columbia County is required.

Below is a list of trees that will be available:

Black walnut: The nut from this tree is very hard to crack but, once open, it reveals a sweet tasting meat often used in baked goods. The walnut tree grows to form a large shade tree and is very attractive in the landscape given enough room.

Dahoon Holly: This holly has the typical red berries as other hollies. The berries are an excellent source of food for song birds, quail and wild turkeys. The leaves do not have sharp points. It will make an excellent addition to the landscape and bird garden area.

ImageDogwood: This traditional southern favorite makes quite a showing in the spring. Dogwoods are very low maintenance and prefer to grow under taller trees that offer partial shade.

Live Oak: This is a classic tree for this area with its wide spreading, nearly horizontal limbs. Live oaks need lots of room for this spreading habit. Once established they can tolerate dry soil but they are especially tolerant of moist or seasonally soggy areas.

Red Bud trees: Another beautiful spring bloomer, the Red Bud tree is fairly care free. It is often grown under the shade of a larger tree but can take the sun once established.

Red Cedar: This native evergreen grows in a natural conical shape making it an excellent candidate for a living Christmas tree. It grows fairly quickly and makes a nice privacy screen if one is needed. Do not plant a cedar close to a pear, apple or crabapple since it is a host plant for the cedar-apple rust disease.

Red Maple trees: With their striking red fall foliage, red maples are one of the few really colorful autumn trees for our Southern climate. They will do best if given plenty of soil moisture. They will take some shade or full sun.

Southern Magnolia: This tree is known for its large white blooms and large dark green leaves. The blooms develop into seed pods that make for good craft project materials. This is one of the few trees that will keep its lower limbs into maturity if left unpruned.

Regardless of which type of tree you select or if it is in a pot, bare root, or in a tube, the depth that you plant it in the ground is very important. Many trees can be stunted in their growth due to being planted too deep. Check the roots of the young tree and plant the tree with the uppermost root at the ground surface level.

Mixing “raw” organic matter with the soil such as non-composted leaves or manure is not recommended. As the organic matter decomposes it leaves large pockets of air that will cause the roots to dry out. If you want to supplement the soil, use well rotted and screened home grown compost or a bagged potting mix, garden soil amendment or bagged compost. About half way through back filling the hole, I like to fill the hole with water to settle that soil around the roots. Let the water recede then finish fill the hole up to the topmost root. Firm the soil around the roots to avoid large air pockets. To help establish the newly planted tree, build a berm of soil a few inches high along the outside of the planting hole. This berm will allow rain and irrigation water to puddle around the roots and soak in slowly instead of running off.

For a finishing touch, add mulch around the newly planted tree to help keep the roots moist and to suppress weeds. Be sure to water your new tree daily for a couple of weeks then at least weekly during dry weather for the first growing season. Tall trees can be staked for the first year for support from high winds.

Bare root trees can be planted in pots for a few months if you want them to establish a better root system and be more likely to survive. By the fall season they should be ready to plant in the landscape. Potted trees can be upsized to the next larger pot for a few months if you are not ready to plant them in their permanent location right away.

Allow plenty of room when you plant your trees. They seem cute and cuddly in the seedling stage but remember some trees need upwards of 25 feet clearance away from a home or other building.

If you are not a Columbia County resident, but are searching for some Lake City FL real estate (Click Here). My name is Bruce Dicks, and I am a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty. Some of the Information was found on http://www.LakeCityJournal.com (Don Goode) .

Thanks Bruce Dicks, Realtor

Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty

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