Success or Failure Depends on You
Introduction Successful tree planting does not happen by chance -- it requires thought, planning and attention to detail. Success does occur more frequently than failure. But failure and less-than-desired results are the results of many tree-planting ventures every year, resulting in the loss of time, effort and money. For the affected landowner it is a serious matter, especially when failure could have been avoided. From the first seed planted at the nursery to the last seedling planted in the field, all persons involved must accept responsibility for tree planting success or failure.
Certainly there are items beyond anyone's control that can contribute to a tree planting failure. Dry weather and severe freezes are two factors most commonly associated with such an event. However, there are a far greater number of factors totally within human control that contribute to tree planting failures.
Timing of planting, storage, handling, seedling quality, and tree planting techniques are the most commonly overlooked or "left to chance" aspects that can make or break the success of a tree planting operation. Identifying and ensuring that methods are in place to address these factors will maximize the chance for success.
As the landowner, you have the most vested interest in the success of the operation. Whether you do the work yourself, or hire someone else to do it (contracting), you need to get involved.