How to Plant a Loblolly Pine Tree
The loblolly pine tree is often used as a quick-growing screen in landscaping. This versatile pine tree can also be used for lumber, poles and pulp.
The tree is a southern pine that will grow in different types of soil and resists drought particularly well. The loblolly pine grows as tall as 100 feet and can be grown in climate zones 6 to 9.
This pine tree attracts a lot of wildlife including wild turkey and mourning doves, making this a great tree for you yard's natural habitat.
Step 1: Decide Where to Plant
Decide where the loblolly tree(s) will be planted. This will depend upon how the tree will be used. Keep in mind that good water drainage is a must for preventing the roots from rotting.
Step 2: Digging the Hole
Once it is known where the tree(s) will be planted, dig a hole with a spade. Dig the hole big enough to accommodate the tree's root system and deep enough so that the tree will be planted at the same height as when it was purchased.
Step 3: Check the Root System
Trim away any damaged roots before planting with pruning shears. The only time a lot of a root system should be cut away is if the system is very large. In general, this will not be the case. A bigger hole may have to be excavated. This is better than trimming away too much as the tree will have a better chance of survival.
Step 4: Planting the Tree
To plant the loblolly pine tree, set it into the hole and fill in around it with the dirt that was excavated from the hole. Be sure to keep the tree from leaning too much in any direction. It should stay as vertically straight as possible.
Step 5: Settling the Soil
Once the tree has been planted, the soil will need to be settled. This can be done by putting a garden hose down into the soft dirt in the hole. When the water is turned on, it will begin to settle the area. If the tree is placed properly, the water will naturally move away from the root system after it has done its job.
Step 6: Providing Support
If the trees seems to be leaning in one direction, it may be necessary to set up a support system using support poles and thin rope. Do this by driving a support pole into the ground on the side where it is leaning as well as the opposite side. Tie the rope from the pole on the opposite side to the tree, pulling gently until the tree is straight. Complete by tying on to the other pole from the tree.
The loblolly pine tree is a great alternative to other pines in the southeastern states. There are many natural advantages to planting this type of tree as well as financial benefits for those who are cultivating for profit.