Chinquapin Oak Trees

oak2Chinquapin Trees is a hardwood tree with the botanical name of Quercus muehlenbergii.  That’s a mouthful!  It does best in zone eight and even though it is particularly hardy, it sometimes has a hard time getting established in their new homes. They need little maintaining and have one of these beauties for your very own.  The most critical time for this tree is during the first two years.  Most experts recommend buying them as either an air root sapling or a burlap wrapped root ball sapling.  These are the two kinds with the best chances of surviving the transplant and adapting processes.  It is a type of the oak tree and needs to grow during the spring months of the year for best results.  This tree will need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day and need soil conditions that are moist, but well drained. Before planting, make sure the area has been cleared of any debris such as weeds or rocks.  This area should be about three to four feet in diameter to limit the tree having to compete with other plants and flowers for water and food from the soil.

oak3The hole you plan to put the tree also needs to be at least twice as big as the root system on what you purchased.  Loosening the soil before placing the root ball is also helpful as the roots will be able to spread and grow easier and with less stress.  When planting this tree make sure the trunk is straight and that when you cover it with the soil, make sure not to stomp it with your feet.  Gently pat it down with your hands and then add water.   After it is done, cover the entire area that you cleared, including the planting area with several layers of mulch. Keep the mulch not close to the trunk, and this will help with holding the moisture in and keeps the climate where it needs to be.  Make sure to keep these seedling watered and enjoy the many years it will bring your landscape!

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