Spring is here, and it’s time to start planting or adding on to your existing mast orchards that you’ve been planning all winter. What you ultimately get out of your efforts depends to a large degree on what you do in terms of planning and following proper procedure.
Climate can be critical to the success of your plantings. First, you should select plants that are adapted to the local climatic conditions in your area. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the best tool for determining this, and to ensure you pick the right plants for your region, Chestnut Hill Outdoors lists these Zones for each of their products. They also check all orders to ensure plant species are appropriately suited to their destinations.
Use the link to plug in the zip code where you will be planting.
USDA Plant Hardiness Plant Zone Map Link
Next, you need to consider micro-climate. Variation in elevation, site location, directional orientation and proximity to bodies of water can create local changes in temperature or micro-climates. For example, frost pockets may form at the bottom of valleys or even swales.
Whereas cold air drains off areas higher on the hillsides, and south-facing slopes tend to receive more direct sunlight. You may need to avoid some areas or modify which species you plant there.
Aberrations like late spring freezes can also be a problem in northern locations, especially after plants leaf out. If your trees have already started to grow and you expect a late freeze, you should employ protective measures like Grow Tubes and frost cloth.
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The folks at Chestnut Hill Outdoors go to great length to ensure you receive healthy stock, but it’s ultimately up to you to follow proper planting instructions if you want to maximize plant growth. This involves several steps; including site selection, site preparation, tree spacing and staking and tubing if necessary. You can find detailed instructions on all of the above and more at ChestnutHillOutdoors.com.
Proper watering is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees as many trees die from too little or too much water during the first few months after planting. For best success, Chestnut Hill Outdoors recommends you provide supplemental water to your newly planted trees for the first two years. Trees planted in the spring should be watered regularly (2-4x/week) for the first year, especially if rains are infrequent. This provides sufficient water for growth while allowing the soil to dry down slightly between waterings. Here too, you can find more specific instructions on their website.
Chestnut Hill Outdoors is more than just a nursery. To ensure you receive the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide sound advice and instruction on proper planting and care. For more on Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit ChestnutHillOutdoors.com, or call (855) 386-7826.
Chestnut Hill is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection, their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different levels of growth.
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