Planting & Reforestation
This is Jim Eastin standing next to a newly planted apple tree located
in Delta County, Michigan. These six foot, one inch
diameter apple trees are protected from small rodents and mammals with plastic spiral tree
protectors and from whitetail deer with six foot, 14 gauge wire fencing.
Annual grass and weed control is completed through herbicide application.
Annual fertilization and insect control is also completed to maintain healthy
and productive trees. Apple trees
should start producing fruit within 8-10 years of planting, if properly cared for. A
wide variety of apple trees are available for Michigan and can be purchased from
nursery growers and soil conservation districts.
is a 1995 red oak tree planting with 4 foot protective tree shelters.
Tree shelters act as mini greenhouses or micro-environments which create
optimum growing conditions. In
addition, tree shelters protect the young
seedlings from damage by whitetail deer
and small mammals. Red oak is a slow growing hardwood tree which provides
diversity and mast (acorns) for wildlife.
This is a 2003 spring tree planting located southwest of Crystal Falls and is comprised of 25,000 two year
old Red Pine and 3,000 three year old White Spruce seedlings. The successful site preparation was
completed in August, nine months prior to the tree planting. A combination of
herbicides has created a planting area of little or no grass/weed competition.
This plantation will produce wildlife cover at a young age and a variety of timber products as the plantation
matures. Seedlings can be purchased
wholesale nursery growers and soil conservation districts.
Year Planting Weed Control - MSU
Coniferous Planting Stock for Michigan Soil Manage - MSU
Preparation & Release Herbicides - MSU
Preparation For Reforestation - MSU
Tree Planting in Michigan -