On Friday, December 16, Kent Fullbright of GFR Forestry Consultants met with Ms. Tobias’ kindergarten class at JY Joyner Elementary in Raleigh, North Carolina. They discussed the importance of trees, how we use trees and wood products, and every kindergartener was given a containerized longleaf seedling. It was an exciting day for the children to carry home a young tree to plant!
1. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot to plant.
2. Using a shovel, sink the blade into the
ground and rock it back and forth several
times to open a planing slit. Hole does not
have to be deeper than the plug of the
3. Place seedling in the slit, with 1/4 to 1/2″ of
the root plug exposed above the ground
4. Sink the shovel blade into the ground about
4″ from the seedling, and rock it back and
forth to tighten and close the planting slit at
both the bottom and top of the hold.
5. Gently pack the soil around the seedling
with the ball of your foot. The bud at the
base of the needles should be above ground
level and free of any loose dirt.
6. Water seedling only during very dry times or if
needles begin to turn pale green or brown due
to drought stress.
7. Flag or otherwise mark your seedling to
protect it from lawn mowers and weed eaters.
The tree will resemble a clump of grass for the
first year (or even two), but will soon
thereafter begin rapid height growth.