KELLY TREE FARM
PLANTING AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
MOST IMPORTANT: KEEP ROOTS
MOIST, COOL AND OUT OF THE SUN, PLANT AT PROPER DEPTH AND CONTROL ALL
COMPETITION FROM GRASS/WEEDS.
ROOT SEEDLINGS OR TRANSPLANTS - Roots in plastic bags
1. Keep roots damp, but not
2. Check for moisture
droplets on inside of bag, if present, moisture is adequate for short term
storage, otherwise add small amounts of water.
3. Keep trees at 34-40
degrees until planted if possible or plant within 7 days without cold storage.
For longer storage, freeze gallon milk jugs of ice and put in box to keep plants
4. Plant at proper depth by looking for change of color on stem or plant just above
roots, this is the soil line. Top lateral root should be 1� under soil surface. On
trees less than 3 ft tall, we cut off roots longer than 12� to ease planting.
These trees can be watered every 7-10 days to increase survival rate, if soaking
rains do not occur. Most important to control competing vegetation around plants,
we recommend herbicides in most cases, and mulch only in sandy soil.
POTTED OR BAGGED TREES
1. Potted - Gently
remove tree, by turning pot over and sliding out tree, do not break up soil in
pot. Make two vertical cuts on sides one inch deep and one X cut one inch deep
across the bottom of soil ball. Use the point of knife and �pull� the roots
loose from sides and bottom of where the pot side and bottom was. Planting
hole should be about 6 inches wider than the pot. Plant at same
depth to one inch deeper as in pot, top lateral roots must be within one inch of
soil surface. Set on firm base with no loose soil under plant.
2. Bagged: -
Cut an X on the bottom and several more on the sides of the bag, plant bag in
hole. Plant with soil no more than 1 inch above root ball, top lateral
roots must 1 inch below the
soil surface. Set on firm base with no loose soil under tree.
3. Bagged and Potted
- Firm soil around ball, do not stomp on top of ball. Water at once and every
7-10 days up-to October 15 if 1 inch rains or more do not occur about every
week or two. When watering be sure the water is soaking in all the way to the bottom
of the root ball. Most important to control competing vegetation
(grass-weeds) within 2 ft of tree with light cultivation, light mulch, or our
favorite is chemical herbicide.
4. After the first year we
do not recommend that you water the trees as this keeps the roots from growing
out in a normal rainfall year. If there is a drought the second year it is OK
to water well about every 10 days.
AUSTREE WILLOW, POPULAR, OR COTTONWOOD- CUTTINGS OR POTTED:
1. Place cuttings in
12 inch deep bucket of water with buds pointing up for a few days or more until 1/8 inch
roots start to form along the stem, plan at once.
2. Plant cuttings with 2
inches of the top sticking out of ground, no weed competition the first year.
3. On potted willows,
remove pot and plant 12 inches deeper than the top of the pot, or top lateral
roots if possible. No
competition from grass or weeds is needed for survival and growth. Austrees
stems are very sensitive to roundup so be careful spraying around them, and keep
spray off stems, but is
necessary to control unwanted vegetation, and fast growth.
& ANIMAL CONTROL FOR ALL NEWLY PLANTED TREES / SHRUBS:
1. Keep area around
trees (2 feet from stem) free of all vegetation first 3+ years of life is very
important especially for evergreens. The use of herbicides such as roundup
and pendulum is our first choice, light mulch, ground cloth, or pulling the
weeds also works.
Do not use plastic on the ground around trees- roots need air.
Herbicides are available for
sale online at:
2. Deer and rabbits, mice
and gofers must be controlled in any planting. In Iowa it is legal to remove
any destructive state animal if you have notified the DNR and documented the
damage to your private property. www.stopthedeerdamage.com
3. Do not let anyone hunt
or trap coyotes, foxes or badgers in your tree planting they are your friends to
control mice, gofers, rabbits and deer.
4. Never fertilize any
newly planted tree, in Iowa or the midwest with normal topsoil, few trees ever
5. Never use a weed whipper
to control vegetation around your trees, it will remove the bark and kill the
trees. We use herbicides for this job.
6. Do not use 2-4-D, Tordon,
Milestone, Forefront, Grazon, Garlon or similar chemicals close to or on growing trees.
These herbicides can and will kill your trees and shrubs.
WARRANTEE ON TREES
1. All of our bare
root trees and shrubs have no warrantee; there are just too many
variables to survival on these trees and shrubs.
2. On our potted trees and Bagged trees do carry a warrantee. Windbreak trees
carry a warrantee that we will replace or refund up to 10 percent of the trees
lost, if you are losing more than that something else is wrong.
3. We do not warrantee trees
that die or are damaged beyond our control such as: Droughts, Floods, Weather,
Animals (above and below ground) lawn mowers, neglect, (no water or no weed
control) planting to deep or in subsoil, winter damage, trees that are resold, or any other cause we
have no control over. We can not guarantee plants sent threw the mail or UPS.
4. For trees to be eligible
for warrantee replacement we must receive notification by October 1st if planted
in the springtime, or Oct 1 of the next year if planted in the fall. Trees must be returned with roots attached.
Warrantee does not include the cost of shipping or planting and is limited to
one replacement tree per location.
OTHER QUESTIONS ?? Call
us we will be happy to explain.
KELLY TREE FARM
191 Quincy Ave. CLARENCE,
IOWA 52216 PH (563) 452-4300