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This post is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, however all opinions are the Redhead’s.

My kids think I like trees too much ūüėē . ¬†They make fun of me for pointing out beautiful¬†mature trees when we are in the car. ¬†When they were little they didn’t do that. ¬†In fact, they use to get very excited, too. ¬†So, what happened? ¬†Well, the truth is, I do go overboard a bit. ¬†Sometimes, I even stop the car to look ūüėĮ . ¬†I guess I could be doing worse things, right? ¬†I don’t think anyone will ever say, “Oh, remember that redhead, she loved trees too darn much.” ¬†In fact, I hope when I’m gone, my kids will say, “Awww, look at that beautiful tree. ¬†Mom would have loved it.” ¬†Before I get too mushy, I better welcome you to our first gardening post of the year, “Planting Cherry Trees”.

What is the Arbor Day Foundation 

I recently learned that in Michigan, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April ūüėĮ . ¬†Talk about perfect timing, that’s next week. ¬†So, when the Arbor Day Foundation¬†recently¬†invited me to try their tree finding tool, I just couldn’t wait to hop in there and find a couple trees for Arbor Day. ¬†Okay in all honesty, one side of our house is very bare, so this was a perfect time to fill that hole. ¬†I admit, I am a little intimidated by what trees to plant, and where to plant them. ¬†Just because I love trees, that doesn’t mean I know anything about planting them. ¬† I totally need experts like the folks from the Arbor Day Foundation to help me figure this out. ¬†Fortunately, their mission is to inspire folks like me to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. ¬†Founded in 1972, ¬†the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. ¬†I really feel I can trust these guys.

So, with all of that being said, we ended up planting 2 cherry trees from the Arbor Day Foundation that will eventually look like this¬† ūüėĮ . ¬†I hope.

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Black Tartarian Cherry Tree {photo via Arbor Day Foundation}

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Bing Cherry Tree {photo via Arbor Day Foundation}

 

Choosing the Right Tree

 

What gorgeous trees and fruit, right? ¬†I mean you just can’t get any prettier. ¬†So, what I learned along this journey, is that selecting and ordering the right tree from the Arbor Day Foundation is very simple, and a lot cheaper than buying one of those trees you see this time of year in the big gallon (hard to transport) containers at the store. ¬†You also may not realize, but the ADF is mission driven so each purchase supports tree planting and forests to help keep our environment clean, and feed our planet.

What’s really convenient is that the Arbor Day Foundation has their online tree nursery set up perfectly where you can punch in your exact location into their tree finding tool and give your specific preferences for the type of tree you desire for your yard. ¬†For example, if you live in a colder climate, but you always wanted a fruit tree, they will show you which trees have a better chance of surviving in your specific climate. ¬†I was actually surprised at the types of fruit trees I can plant here in Michigan. ¬†Heck, I can even plant a peach tree if I wanted.

Hey, instead of me babbling about it, give it a try yourself and then come back so I can show you our cherry trees, and give you a coupon.  The tree finding tool is located on the left margin after you click this link:

GIVE ADF TREE FINDING TOOL A TRY HERE

 

Before I get to sharing our entire cherry tree planting party ūüėé , I want to explain how the trees are delivered. ¬†The trees from the ADF come “bare-root”. ¬†What this means is the tree comes in a dormant state with no soil surrounding the roots. ¬†The roots are kept moist in transit by a special gel they use. ¬†Bare-root trees are best because they are very simple to plant at the correct depth, which is crucial for a tree to do well, and¬†they re-establish themselves easier. ¬†Here’s what my box of trees looked like when it arrived from the Arbor Day Foundation

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

As you can probably tell from the photo below, I was very excited about our new trees, but very cold. ¬†Unfortunately, when my trees arrived the temperature here in Michigan wasn’t tree planting weather, so I had to take care of these 2 tree babies before it was too late. ¬†Luckily for me, the Arbor Day Foundation sends an instruction envelope full of all of the information I could ever possibly need for these 2 baby trees. ¬†It even explained what to do if I can’t plant them right away.

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Planting Cherry Trees

What I found after I opened the box was that the tree roots were quite happy and moist inside the wrapping and we could wait until the temperatures warmed up in a few days.  So, the tree babies took a nap in our cool garage and finally we were able to get Jack & Diane in the ground about 5 days later.  Yes, at this point they were already part of the family, so they really needed names.  Jack & Diane seemed perfect.

Just a little FYI, your trees can be planted from the time the frost first leaves the ground through late spring.  As mentioned previously, a planting guide containing the instructions is included with every order.  It is best to plant your trees within 5 days of their arrival.  If it is not possible to plant within this time frame, it is recommended that your trees be heeled in.

Here’s a photo of that planting guide that was extremely helpful…

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

We soaked Jack and Diane for a few hours before planting as suggested in the guide.  While they were enjoying their bath, Rick & I walked around trying to figure out the best location for the cherry trees.  Cherry trees require full sun, and can get quite large, so we had to keep this in mind.

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

You may or may not be able to tell, but Rick was annoyed with me in this photo below. ¬†We had a little disagreement about where Jack & Diane should go ūüėĮ . ¬†Drama in the house! ¬†Ha ha…typical married couple, right? ¬†Well, I won this round. ¬†It was a good thing too, because I was reading how cherry trees cross pollinate, so I think having them in the same general area is a good idea. ¬†Sorry, Richard my love.

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

We ended up putting the trees on the left side of the house where I mentioned it was quite bare. ¬†I could picture how eventually over time the trees will make a beautiful extension off the left corner of the house. ¬†Almost like “complimenting” the house like a flower in someone’s hair does.

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Uh oh…while digging we began to come across a few large roots ūüėĮ . ¬†The soil still looked very healthy and clear so we continued our mission after breaking up the roots with a pick. ¬†You might be thinking Rick is doing all of the work, right? ¬†Well, yes he was doing the muscle work because I’m pretty weak at 49, but rest assured I was running around getting the trees ready for their big moment, and of course getting these great photos.

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

In the instructions they reminded us to not go too deep when digging/planting. ¬†I guess that is a very common mistake when folks plant trees. ¬†We were very careful not to go passed the “root collar” and to make it level with the surrounding soil. ¬†What really surprised me is that you don’t have to add any special fertilizer, or food at this point. ¬†The cherry tree, I mean Jack, ¬†just needed plenty of room to spread his roots

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

After Jack the cherry tree was planted, I watered him, and Rick added some mulch on top to keep him moist. ¬†We also added the little tube protector that expands so our little animal friends don’t nibble on the bottom. ¬†We have a ton of wildlife back here and those little critters were probably all waiting in the bushes.

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

So, Jack really looked great, but we still had to find a spot for Diane before the sun went down ūüėĮ . ¬†We didn’t want to put them too close, so we opted to set Diane back behind him next to our young pine tree. ¬†There was a big bare spot in the landscaping that was perfect for her. ¬†I also noticed that I can check on Diane from our side bedroom window when I get up in the morning. ¬†Sweet!

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Here we go again…and by this time I think Rick was feeling more comfortable with the tree locations¬† ūüėČ .

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Oh Diane, you’re stunning even with no branches.

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Now Jack & Diane the cherry trees can cross pollinate easily…

 

Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Stay tuned because this isn’t the end of the story. ¬†Jack & Diane have lots of growing to do, and I plan on updating you this Fall (sign up here so you don’t miss it). ¬†Until then, now is the perfect time for most locations to order trees for spring planting. ¬†After our cherry tree experience I completely recommend the Arbor Day Foundation not only because of the high quality tree at an affordable price, but because they provided us with simple to understand knowledge which is extremely important when growing trees. ¬†They also gave me the courage to want to plant another tree! ¬†I think I better let Rick decide the location next time.

Ordering Trees from the Arbor Tree Foundation

 

If you are interested in ordering your own trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, please use my special coupon code below to receive free shipping, or $10 off your total order.

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Planting cherry trees with the Arbor Day Foundation is less expensive and they provide important knowledge on tree planting.

Update: Jack & Diane the Cherry Trees

I have sad news…Jack & Diane didn’t survive ūü§ß and I’m so sad about that. Turns out, we think we planted the cherry trees a bit too early in the Michigan cold soil. Our Winter was unusually long this year, so things like this happen.

The good news is, The Arbor Day Foundation and I hooked up again and decided to try a Weeping Willow. How appropriate, right? Here’s I am weeping over Jack & Diane, and now I have this cute willow tree to cheer me up. Isn’t Willie gorgeous?

Weeping Willow Planting 101

We decided to plant “Willy” the Willow Tree by the water behind our house. I’ve always enjoyed how willow trees hang over water and have always wanted to watch one grow. I’ve heard they grow quickly.

Weeping Willow Planting 101

Rick being the good sport that he is, got out his pick again just like he did for the cherry trees. In fact, we followed the exact method that we used for the cherry trees. We were sure not to dig too deep and to form a “root collar” to make it level with the surrounding soil.

Weeping Willow Planting 101
Weeping Willow Planting 101

For some reason, Richard didn’t have his gloves on, but I do recommend that you wear gloves with all your gardening to protect your hands. Willy went in quite easily. I had the job of collecting mulch from our flower beds to add to the Weeping Willow to help keep his soil moist.

Weeping Willow Planting 101

Willy really looks healthy and we have high hopes for him! I will be sure to update you after I see him grow up a little.

Weeping Willow Planting 101

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24 Responses

  1. Melissa Mattioda says:

    Julie I absolutely loved this! I’m so excited to go and check out the Arbor Day Foundation!! Thank you and Rick too Рthe yard looks beautiful!

  2. DIANE says:

    Hey Julie…I love trees too!!! I wonder if it’s because we come from the same FAMILY TREE! This post is awesome, bringing up how important trees are to our planet. Glad you got involved with the Arbor Tree Foundation,THANKS FOR THE COUPON !

  3. Dad says:

    You all did good, we need tree’s keep planting everyone, Dad in NY.

  4. Dad says:

    Anyone climb trees anymore? remember old saying? UP A TREE? love to all, Dad in NY.

  5. Lorri says:

    Julie..love that you gave the Cherry trees names.. Jack and Diane ..from the heartland .John Mellancamp Cougar ‘ s song ..that was his name back then.. ūüėä I noticed where u planted Diane..did the info say how tall the trees grew to? It looks like maybe you planted her a little to close to your house. You dont want her roots growing to close to the house foundation. I once planted a Caltapa tree and when I show it to my gardener friend, he said I planted too close to the house and when ir matured ,the roots woud cause me grief. I did move it and placed away from the house and glad I did because she is a BIG , TALL Beauty.ūüėĀ

    • Julie says:

      Hi Lorri! The directions said 20 ft wide snd 30 tall, so they are okay. We measured to be sure. Oh and Actually we had big oak trees here and they did a little too good, lol. We took them down a couple years ago due to the damage the leaves do and all the bugs. Thank you for your concern!!

  6. Marion says:

    I received 2 little trees for our last home from them – Red Maples!
    When we sold our house, they were just starting to grow.
    I can not wait to get some to plant her at our new home !

    • Julie says:

      Hi Marion! I received a free coupon with the trees for a red maple! I need to learn ok at it more closely. Maybe I will get one, too!

  7. Nancy says:

    Oh Julie! What a precious blog today. Your explanation is excellent and the Arbor Day foundation info is excellent. At our house no additional trees are needed. We have nasty Cottonwoods I would like to se go but this info will be good to share with our daughter’s family.
    Gold stars on your heads (both of you) for welcoming Jack and Diane to your home!

  8. erika juhl says:

    That looks like a great location for the cherry trees. In years to come they will look beautiful and fill in nicely. One word of caution, i planted a cherry tree in my back yard in Rochester Hills Michigan and when the leaves appear the tree lasted for about 2 days before the local herd of deer found it and decimated it! They LUV cherry leaves and bark! I would get a wire fence around those trees before they leaf out.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Erika! Thank goodness you told us. I appreciate your advice so much!! We will get on this pronto. We have a big gang of deer that stop by daily!!

  9. carol bittner says:

    Mmmmmmm cherry pie!! Jack & Diane look very ‘at home’ next to your beautiful home.

    Happy Easter to you and your family!!

  10. Bette Querin says:

    Hi Julie:
    Would love to be able to plant a cherry tree in our yard, but we live in a gated community and we would have to get permission to do so.
    This was so informative about planting etc. Good thing you have big strong Rick to do the dirty work.
    I remember climbing the neighbours cherry tree and had a fistful of cherries, before he came out and chased me out of his yard. Those were the days.

    Have a Happy Easter,
    Cheers, Bette

  11. Jody says:

    I have been a member for the last 10 years. They are wonderful. Very helpful. So happy you are interested in them.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Jody! Yes being a member of the ADF rrslly can save you a lot of money when buying trees and help plant trees elsewhere. It’s a win win.

  12. Mickey Wood says:

    You always post the most realistic, practical how to info. Thank you.

  13. Rick says:

    As usual, you were right and I was wrong. The location of Jack and Diane is perfect.

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