We have been receiving lots of questions from folks who attend Grace Church. Grace handed out over 4000 sugar maple trees this past weekend to launch their re:generate campaign. Refer to Grace’s helpful and simple planting guide for actually planting your sugar maple. We have received several questions about when and where to plant the trees, so we thought we could answer those questions here and link to some additional helpful resources.
When to plant your sapling
The sugar maple trees that Grace distributed are bare root trees, so they are currently dormant. It is important that you get the tree in the ground while it is still dormant, so the sooner the better. March and April are actually the best times of the year to plant bare root trees. This week would be the perfect time actually because the warmer temps and all of this rain should make the soil easier to work with. Arbor Day’s website has an easy step-by-step video and guide for planting bare root trees.
Where to plant your sapling
Sugar maples get quite large – 55-70+ feet tall and 30-50 feet wide – so you want to be sure to plant them in a spot big enough for them to thrive. They grow about a foot or two a year, so it will be awhile before they are anywhere close to full grown. They also prefer full sun, so it is best to plant them in a spot in your yard that receives plenty of sun. They have some of the best fall foliage of any tree, so make sure you plant it somewhere where you can enjoy its beauty every fall.
What If I Don’t Have Space for the Sugar Maple?
Contact us at email@example.com, and we will either plant the trees ourselves, or we will donate them to a local like-minded organization who would be happy to have them.
Send us your pictures
We would love to collect pictures of all of your saplings, so send your pictures of your planted trees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An old Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now,” so get planting!