Native Plants and Seedlings for Reforestation Projects

Native Plants and Seedlings for Reforestation Projects

Posted by Tammy Sons on 4th Dec 2017

Replacing trees that have been removed, damaged or destroyed is an essential step in ensuring the continued vigor of this natural resource while helping to keep the planet’s ecosystem in balance. Most companies that remove trees needed for manufacturing processes are required through legislation to replace those trees, following specific guidelines. Homeowners, civic groups and other individuals who want to reforest properties don’t have to meet these requirements. However, following some necessary steps will help them follow green practices that will benefit the environment.

Reforestation is the deliberate planting of tree seedlings on just an acre or two up to large areas encompassing many square miles. Most individuals focus on replacing trees they’ve lost to fire, drought, pests, storms or disease. Although it’s most common for a homeowner to experience the loss of just one or two trees on his property, there are times when catastrophic events take an entire stand of trees. In these situations, he will want to consider purchasing seedlings from a nursery that can help him inexpensively replace them by offering wholesale grower prices.

A homeowner or community group interested in planting tree seedlings must assess the climate and the soil conditions of the area in which the seedlings will be planted. If the trees he’s replacing were killed by disease, it’s possible that they weren’t native to the area and couldn’t thrive in the local conditions. A homeowner will want to do some basic research to determine whether pine tree seedlings, for example, grow better in the soil found on his property than oak tree seedlings would. This initial analysis can save him time and money later on by ensuring that the tree species he chooses will thrive.

If pests have killed the trees a homeowner is replacing, he’ll likely want to consider purchasing different seedlings that are immune to those pests. A wholesale grower can offer pine tree seedlings, oak tree seedlings, and maple seedlings at prices that are attractive to the homeowner who needs to replace a dozen or more trees.

Civic clubs and community groups often come together to replace trees that are an essential part of a community’s green space, mainly when the original trees were destroyed by fire, drought or storms. These groups benefit significantly from the wholesale grower prices offered by tree nurseries that sell seedlings in bulk quantities. A wholesale nursery can help a civic group determine whether seedlings, maple seedlings, for example, are the best choice for the environment in which they’ll be planted.

Individuals don’t often grow trees directly from seed. Trees thrive best when they’re grown at a nursery to the seedling or sapling stage and then sold to individual buyers. Saplings are the top choice for homeowners who are planting one or two trees, but seedlings are much less expensive when a dozen or more must be planted. Small numbers of tree seedlings can be bought from nurseries in pots that help keep their roots intact. Seedlings purchased in bulk or through online sales arrive as bare-root specimens. While bare root seedlings need extra care, they can thrive when handled correctly.

It’s best to order seedlings so that they can go into the ground as soon as they arrive from the nursery. Seedlings planted in the spring thrive best as they’re able to develop the root systems they need to handle hot, dry weather. Seedlings planted in the fall usually don’t have enough time to grow and become healthy before cold weather arrives. The homeowner or community group that carefully plants and tends seedlings will be rewarded with trees that offer shade and enjoyment for decades.