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I planted two flowering trees in my yard! What is your favorite kind of flowering tree or shrub?

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Building a Legacy

I had this great question come in:

I want to plant a tree for my son so they can grow together. I have no idea what the best one to plant would be considering where we live. I also have no idea when to plant the tree. I am pretty much stupid when it comes to gardening. I do know that I would like to plant only a tree native to the state of Georgia so that I don’t have to worry about it being a harmful invasive species. It also has to be fairly easy to maintain. Do you have any ideas? I appreciate any help you can give me.

 Star —Georgia, USA

It’s wonderful that you want to plant and nurture a tree along side your son. Several Georgia native trees live over 100 years so the sapling you plant will be a part of your family legacy for generations to come. 

January is the perfect time to plant a tree so you are right to start planning now. The warm up into Spring will give it a chance to get established so that come Summer it will be well on it’s way to relying on more on Mother Nature for care and maintenance and less on you. 

Some things to consider are what you want from the tree and where you want to plant it. For example would you like a fruit tree or a flowering tree? An evergreen or some color during the fall? Do you have a space for it where it can get full (6-8 hours) of sun? How large a tree could the space support? Some Georgia trees grow up to 50-100ft tall which means in 10 years dead branches causing damage to your property could become an issue. 

Right now the Georgia Forestry Commission (www.gfc.state.ga.us) is running a wonderful special on seedlings for the 2011-2012 growing season. They are currently taking orders for native Georgian tree seedlings and I’ll tell you this, for a tree these prices are suprisingly competitive. There are upsides and downsides to buying seedlings. They are bareroot so they will take a bit of extra care in the beginning. When you think “tree” this is not what you are going to picture. It’s a fragile baby tree and before you can plant it outside, you need to pot for a year so it’s root system can develop. If this option is something you are interested in, I’d be happy to start putting together materials that can teach you about seedling care. The upside to seedlings that you get 20 potential trees for the price of a single #1 (1 gallon) tree. The 1 gallon tree may run you $20-$30. You’ll need to protect it from frost by keeping it inside in a sunny spot through winter and planting it in early January. You could also buy a #2 (2 gallon) tree or #5 (5 gallon) tree. These trees are more expensive ($50-120) and older but they are more likely to survive through the winter outside if you are looking to plant something as soon as possible.  

Tell me what you are interested in :)

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