Plan Ahead for Your Future Trees

Apr 21, 2017

Cool temperatures, plentiful moisture, and a long growing season make spring the best time to plant trees. On this Horticulture Day, DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh gives advice on tree selection, site selection, and tree care.

Vitosh places a large emphasis on planning ahead in order to ensure that your planting is most effective. Looking at conditions such as required sunlight, drainage, and the overall space the tree could potentially take up are all key in the planning stage.


“The best way to promote success is to really find a tree that’s going to fit your situation. The best way to do that is to really look at your site and evaluate the site first and then decide what’s going to fit that site based on growing conditions, such as the soils.”


On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe is joined by Vitosh and Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist, Richard Jauron. They also take questions from listeners.