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· Types of Trees
· When to Plant
· How to Plant a Tree
· Water, Mulch, Fertilizer
· Staking and Guy Wiring
· Wrapping and Pruning
· Transplanting Trees
· Conclusion


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Wrapping and Pruning

Wrapping a Tree - Illustration Wrapping

Wrapping refers to the technique of winding a crepe-type paper around the barks of trees. Generally speaking, you only need to consider doing this in the northern United States and Canada to prevent the ‘sun-scalding’ of thin-barked trees like soft maples and crabapples during the first one or two winters after planting. Commercial tree-wrap is sold at nurseries and in garden-supply stores. To wrap a tree, start at the bottom and wind the paper around the tree to the level of the second branch. Fasten the paper at the top with a tack. Don’t forget to remove the wrapping each spring to prevent moisture buildup, disease and insect infestation.

Pruning

Use restraint when pruning your newly-planted trees. Prune only to remove damaged or broken branches. Do not prune the top of the tree as this may alter the structure of the tree excessively (check species requirements) and may hamper carbohydrate production.  Do not paint the cuts with compounds (e.g. Latex) that prevent air from accessing the wound, thereby slowing the healing process.

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