Considerations Before Planting Trees

04-09-2013 in Green Farmstead Partner

Before you plant trees, it is important to make sure you have a good plan in place so you can get the most out of your tree planting. Here are a few questions you should think about in the planning process:

  • What do I want to accomplish by planting trees (i.e. snow control, visual screening, windbreak, odor reduction, improve relationships with neighbors, etc.)?
  • Is there anything underground nearby (for example, tile lines, wells, water lines, utilities, etc.)? If you will be penetrating the soil more than 15 inches, be sure to call Iowa One Call (811).
  • Are there any above ground utilities?
  • Where do I need to be able to get equipment in and out of to load/unload animals, feed and haul manure?
  • Are there future plans to expand the site?

For more information and tips, contact the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers at 1-800-932-2436 or visit

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