1 I've bought many trees from Musser Forest Inc. over the years and have always been very pleased with their specimens. These are Catalpa trees in the front and spruce trees in the back. http://www.musserforests.com
2 These are Norway spruce seedlings, Picea abies. The Norway spruce is used for making lumber, pulpwood, and Christmas trees. It's also great as a landscape specimen. Its dense branching pattern and adaptability to many soil variations add to its popularity.
3 These trees grow at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13-inches to more than 24-inches per year.
4 The Norway spruce is easy to transplant, and can be planted in a wide variety of sites. It features dark green needles that are roughly half to an inch in length and feel square when rolled between the fingers.
5 This is the Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii. Because of its resistance to pollution and salt, it is a popular horticultural tree. This tree can grow to 100-feet tall, spreading somewhat irregularly with age. In cultivation, it is more often seen reaching about 20-feet to 60-feet tall.
6 They grow best in full sun, and thrive in rich, moist and well drained soils, but adapt well to many soil types including beach sand. The growth rate of Japanese black pine can be as great as four-feet per year.
7 White oak, or Quercus alba, is a long-lived oak, native to eastern and central North America. It is also the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland, and can be found looking over pastures, providing shade in urban parks and suburban neighborhoods and thriving in natural stands.
8 Sugar maple is best known for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup. Acer saccharum is a deciduous tree normally reaching heights about 80 to 115- feet tall.
9 The black walnut is a large deciduous tree growing to heights of about 95 to 130-feet. Under forest, it develops a tall, clear trunk; the open-grown form has a short trunk and a broad crown. The bark is grey-black and deeply furrowed.
10 This is Robinia pseudoacacia, also known as black locust. The black locust is native from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia and westward as far as Arkansas and Oklahoma. The tree reaches to a height of about 70-feet, with a trunk three or four feet in diameter and brittle branches that form an oblong narrow head.
11 Pachysandra is a genus of five species of evergreen perennials or subshrubs, belonging to the boxwood family Buxaceae. It can grow in deep-shade areas and is popularly used as ground cover. All species in this genus prefer a well-drained soil with a high humus content.
12 My farm is more than 150-acres, so there is ample room to plant all these trees. Many will be planted in the woodland.
13 While others will be potted and allowed to develop further before being transplanted.
14 In the Equipment Barn, Carlos "Two" prepares the pots to be planted. We use "black gold" composted manure in all our garden beds and in these pots. Composting manure above 131-degrees Fahrenheit for at least a couple weeks will kill harmful pathogens, and weed seeds, and reduce objectionable odors.
15 Wilmer and Carlos "Two" concentrate on potting the hundreds of evergreens that arrived from Mussers.
16 Once they are potted, they're brought to this parking area in front of the main greenhouse - it was the best location, so their development could be closely monitored.
17 The white oak will be well-nurtured here. I have always found that smaller seedlings do best when they have a little more time to grow and strengthen before being planted into the ground.
18 If you look closely, the outdoor grounds crew planted many trees in the woodland - these are spruce trees. The short, stiff needles are a half-inch to three-quarter inches long. They are bluish-green in color, and have excellent foliage.
19 Each tree was individually planted with consideration to its eventual size, growth habits and needs.
20 For added support as it develops its strong root system, Chhewang plants a stake next to each tree seedling and ties it to the tree.
21 We use jute twine for many of our outdoor projects around the farm. Here, Chhewang criss crosses the twine and loops it before tying a knot - this ensures the stake won't grow next to the bark of the tree.
22 Every tree seedling is planted with a stake to protect it from machines, such as the weed whacker in summer, and the plow in winter if it is too close to the carriage road.
23 This area will grow magnificently - I can't wait to see the tall spruce trees.
24 In this section of the woodland - young sugar maple trees were planted, and also staked for protection and support.
25 Dawa dug the holes...
26 as Phhurba planted each tree.
27 They are very small now, but in time, if they are in good condition, the plant should sprout leaves in the same year it is planted. If planted in spring, a bare root plant should have leaves by the summer.
28 And, the pachysandra was planted near my carport and blog studio. This will look beautiful, when it is all filled.