Bur Oak progress and how we should rethink our landscape trees

On our home page at www.treeprotectionsupply.com, you will see a flash slideshow of a bur oak that I planted last winter. At the time of planting it was recorded at 28” tall.  At the end of June, I snapped these photos of it emerging from the top of the 4 ft tree tube and I took some more photos of the tree here at the end of August to show it is well on its way to becoming my new awesome side yard tree.

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As you can see too that the tree has emerged from the tube in great shape, with huge leaves and a sturdy stem.

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I would like to note that this tree has been growing out in the open within 15 feet of the street that gets a good bit of foot traffic from neighbors walking and biking and they have never even noticed the tree tube sitting there until a tree popped out of the top.  This shows that these tubes can be used in an urban environment to promote a tree that will, in the long-term, be much healthier than a b and b tree that everyone puts in because they want a tree immediately.  If we all can have a little patience and grow our trees ourselves from smaller planting stock, we will all be paid back in spades with healthier trees.  Also think of the cost and carbon footprint a b and b tree uses.  They use more land, irrigation, chemicals, equipment, people, and money to grow these trees than a seedling nursery and at the end of the day the tree looses a great portion of its root system when it is dug up.  Now think of all the irrigation you have to spend to water the tree to keep it alive while it tries to recover from the shock of the transplant.  I have never watered this seedling or done anything to it since the day I planted it and put a tree tube on it.  This world and our lives is fast paced enough.  How about we just slow down and watch the trees grow for a moment.  I would say stop and smell the roses, but they have thorns and can be a lot of work to grow.  Plant a seedling, tree tube it, and actually enjoy seeing your work grow everyday.

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