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Recieved my order of trees a little while ago from Howard Nursery,Thanks Thumper. I would be out planting now but I think I will wait till tommorow,its snowing and sleeting out now.Plus I got the rest of the week to get my 1150 trees in before more come.
 

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Planted 75 of my 1300 total coming and my back is already killing me. Doesn't help you have to try 10-15 times to make a hole with the dibble bar before you get one the right depth.

Crabapple and oaks impressive size. Pines and spruce very small and somewhat disappointing this year.
 

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Howard Nursery will continue to grow 3/0 spruces. We are shifting over to 2/0 pines. teh red and white pine-although they look great as an 18-20 inch 3/0 have just too much root for easy bare root planting and too much plnat for those transplanted seedlings to support the first year if it is a dry one. My experience is that the 2/0 catch up about 2 years down the road. In addition, we felt that too many of the larger seedlings had survival issues because they did not all get planted properly- j-roots, or roots crammed into too small a hole.
 

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Thumper, after another day of planting, I completely understand. It's way easier planting a 20" spruce with it's narrow root system than it is planting a 8" white pine with roots going all over. I found one of the most important things when planting seedlings is to make the hole a bit deeper so you can push the roots all the way down and then bring the seedling up a couple inches. This straightens out the roots and prevents curling.

I'm beat but have to get back out and plant some more. I'd kill for an ice cold beer right about now.
 

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Well I am having a nice cold one right now after planting about 400 trees.All I heard all day was Thump,Thump,Thump as my tree spade hit the ground and the heel of my foot was used to help compact around the seedling.
 

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I'm really glad those guys at howards nursery are open today! Today is the only day I could get off to go and get my trees. And that's because its a holiday! Boss is being a real jerk. Thinking he's jealous that I'm creating a wildlife heaven on my property. Anyways starting my 3 hour journey now.
 
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