What’s getting bigger? Apple Tree plantation

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“There’s no bad time to plant a tree and the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, so we’re right on course. Okay. So the thing is when things are sleeping you can just handle them. I bet you can. You can kind of take your time. You can transport them in an open trailer or truck. Here. We’ve tarped the truck so we don’t have wind damage to the foliage. We got the hole dug. We got good soil on the bottom, but we don’t mess around. Just get it done.”

We’ve planted veggies, flowers, and even trees throughout the years. It’s tree-planting season at Heritage House, and we’ll be planting another apple tree this week. I was accompanied by Terry Bertrand of Barker Creek Nursery and Justin Morgan of Morgan Composting. My first thought was that it was too late in the season to plant it. Terry claims that it isn’t an issue.


  • “You know, I would say twice, if not three times. The size of the tree, especially if you’re in like Kalkaska sand or in other areas if you’ve got clay air rating, so that’s soil softer, so the roots can spread quicker. Yeah, um, what I like about the Morgan composting is it’s got everything in it that balances the soil needs for one full year. ”

  • “We may have a little bit of clay in here but it’s really sandy and light soil. And remember, your tree is only as good as the soil you put it in and may last for a little bit and there may be some nutrients in there. But to make the same goal for us in his life, we got to make sure we put it comfortable back down there,” Justin says. “So the tree and shrub has Dairy Doo in it, bark and their Spagna peat has Tennessee brown rock in there for phosphorus and also as gypsum in theirs for our calcium and sulfur. So it’s a nice balance, potting soil, and then it has minerals in there so we can get the taste back out of our fruit.” So we don’t have to go really super deep but we definitely want to go broad to accommodate those lateral roots to anchor our tree and heavy winter?


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