Tree Planting

Planting Your Arbor Day Trees

By Sheereen Othman | March 30, 2016

We’re a few weeks into our spring shipping now which means that many members have received their new Arbor Day trees. Whether you’re a new planter or have a green thumb, it’s always good to touch up on best practices for planting. Each tree we ship out comes with planting instructions, but if you’re a visual learner, then you’ll appreciate our step by step video on planting your trees.

What trees are you planting this season?

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  • Reply Brian March 30, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I wish the hemlocks and Norway spruces I received and planted last December from Arbor Day were half the size of the tree being planted in that video! Did I get a runt batch?

    • Reply Sheereen Othman March 31, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Our evergreen trees are young when we ship them out, only 6-12 inches in length depending on variety, as well as the 10 free trees you receive with your membership donation. Most of our nursery trees are three feet tall. If the trees you received weren’t healthy, please contact our member service department to help you with an exchange, 1-888-448-7337.

  • Reply Joan Gaffield March 31, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Most All the 10 Free Trees I Have Gotten Have Died and The Spruces Died, Too.

    • Reply Sheereen Othman April 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Joan,

      We’re sorry to hear your trees didn’t survive. We include care instructions with all of our orders and advise our members to avoid using any potting soils or fertilizers on their seedlings for the first year because of how young they are. But sometimes despite the best care, trees just don’t make it. Please call member services 1-888-448-7337 to set up an exchange.

  • Reply April 1, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I received my order of trees. 2/3 were dry dead sticks. I think you have a problem with quality controls or you are running the worlds best scam!

    • Reply Sheereen Othman April 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Hi George,

      We send our trees out in a dormant state, to check if they are still living we advise our members to do the scratch test: lightly scratch the side of your trees with your fingernail, if you see green underneath the brown then they are still living and healthy, they just haven’t come out of their dormancy. If not, then please call member services to set up an exchange or refund, 1-888-448-7337.

  • Reply Phyllis M. Hauner-Morris April 3, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I just got my trees yesterday (April 1st) and while now should be the time to plant them, there is snow in the forecast for the next few days. Can I keep my trees in the refrigerator for a week or just out in a cool room until it is safe to plant them?

    • Reply Sheereen Othman April 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Phyllis,

      Yes, those are both good options for keeping your trees healthy. They can stay in a cool, dry, place for up to 10 days. If the weather still isn’t good for planting you may consider Heeling in Your Trees or temporarily planting in a pot until you can get them in the ground.
      Happy Planting!

  • Reply Chris April 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    When do the free trees I ordered going to ship?

    • Reply Sheereen Othman April 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Chris,

      We ship according to hardiness zone and the best time for planting in your area. Put in your zip code in this hardiness zone tool for an approximate time of when to expect your order.

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