Busting Myths About Growing Trees

January 22, 2020

from the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

The authors of this article are state Cooperative Extension educators and researchers with many years of experience in translating science for use by home gardeners and landscape professionals.  Their goal with this article is to assist other Extension educators by providing reliable information for them to share with the gardening and landscaping public.

This article busts seven myths offered about growing trees in our landscapes:

Myth #1: Native trees and shrubs are superior to introduced species for wildlife habitat;

Myth #2:  Many trees are difficult to transplant because of their long tap root;

Myth #3:  Mycorrhizal inoculants should be added to planting holes when installing woody ornamentals in landscapes;

Myth #4:  The crowns of transplanted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss;

Myth #5:  Pruning cuts and other wounds should be sealed to prevent disease;

Myth #6:  Trees should be firmly staked at planting; and

Myth #7:  Wood chip mulches will descrease soil nitrogen and spread pathogens.

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