Tree Giveaway 2021

Planting Your Tree:

Because of the size of these trees, it is recommended that you plant them as soon as possible, or at least within a few days. To plant them, dig a hole deep enough to contain the roots, without covering up the root ball. Make sure the width of your hole is at least twice the size of the tree. Afterwards, water the area around the tree very well and continue to water 3-4 times a week for 2 weeks. Additional information on caring for your recently planted trees is available here:

Protecting Your Trees

As you may have heard, there is a large brood of cicadas on the way this year. As a result, it is important to put some protections in place for your new trees! It is recommended that the trees be protected with netting that has holes measuring a quarter of an inch or smaller. However you do not necessarily need to go buy specific netting. Other home options include lemon/onion wrapping or even pantyhose. Any material similar to this could be used as well, and they can be tied off at the bottom with a rubber band, zip tie, or something similar. If you are not sure if it will work, feel free to reach out and ask. You just need something to last you the two months or so that the cicadas are active!


It is also important to support your tree and protect it from deer browse and rub using wooden stakes, tree ties, and caging, which are exampled in the image below. Staking and caging materials can be ordered online or purchased from your local hardware store.

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Species Information

Gray Dogwood

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The Gray Dogwood grows 10-15 feet in height and spread. It prefers full sun to part shade, roughly at least 4 hours of sun a day. Can tolerate both wet and dry conditions. For more information click here!

Eastern Redbud

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The Eastern Redbud grows 20-30 feet in height and 25-35 feet in spread. It prefers full sun to part shade, roughly at least 4 hours of sun a day. The Redbud prefers moist soil and can grow in soils heavy in clay. For more information click here!

Pawpaw

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The Pawpaw grows 15-30 feet in height and spread. It prefers full sun to part shade. The Pawpaw prefers wet to moist soil and grows edible fruits. For more information visit here!

Persimmon

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Persimmons can grow 35-60 feet in height and 25-35 feet in spread. They prefer full sun to part shade. The Pawpaw prefers dry to moist soil and grows edible fruits. For more information visit here!

With any questions about your tree planting or protection, please email info@howardecoworks.org or leave a voicemail at 443-518-7665