Gardens

Planting a Green Ash Tree

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The green ash tree can grow as tall as 60 feet, and it is one of the first trees to take on the fall colors of red and yellow. You can use the green ash tree as a fence or a landscape tree; it also makes a durable tree for your front garden and provides ample shade.

Planting Conditions for a Green Ash Tree

The green ash tree can adapt to a variety of soil types, including clay. It can also grow in acid or alkaline soils. Like most of the ash family, it enjoys moist surroundings, but the green ash tree can grow almost anywhere. It even copes in both drought-stricken and flooded areas. Plant the tree in full sun for best effect.

When planting, you need to dig a large enough hole for the root to grow rapidly without too much strain. If you are digging in clay soil, the hole will need to be at least 6 times the width of the root ball.

The Planting Process

If you brought the tree in a container, lay the entire thing on the ground and roll the container from side to side. This action should loosen the soil in the container enough for you to gently remove the container from the roots. Removed wire from the root bags with clippers and cut the bag away with either a knife or scissors.

Next, place the ash in the center of the hole. Allow the root to spread around the bottom. Fill in a little bit of the soil; then water thoroughly. Let the soil and roots absorb this water. Fill the hole until the soil is almost level with the surrounding earth. Water the planting site again.

Leave for 24 hours. When you return, ensure that the tree is now fully supported by the soil. Mulch the base of the tree and surrounding earth before you water the third time.

Caring for the Tree

Green ash trees need regular watering in dry months and can also benefit from mulching and fertilizing during the winter. Check the trunk and branches regularly for infestation and diseases during watering, particularly during the first few years when the ash is vulnerable.

Problems with the Green Ash Tree

The green ash is generally considered to be the hardiest of all the ash tree varieties. Even so, it is vulnerable to pests such as the emerald ash borer, a pest which has recently traveled from Asia to the West Coast of the U.S. This pest has no current enemies in America and spreads easily. As a result, many green ash trees are now vulnerable to destruction from this tiny insect.

The tree may also suffer from canker in the branches and trunk, a condition which can cause serious problems.

 

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