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        1. Kintigh's Mountain Home Ranch
          Premium Wholesale Christmas Trees and Nursery Stock

          Tree Tips *


          Tips for tree growers


          Do your homework!

          If you own or manage land that you are considering planting trees on, do your homework first. Doing some research and planning before you plant your trees can make the difference between a good investment and a bad investment. Here are some of the factors to consider before planting:

          • Soil type and available moisture
          • Slope (north or south facing)
          • Can I provide the needed care (weed control, pest protection, pruning etc.)
          • What is the market for the species I am going to plant
          • Can I harvest and market my trees
          • What species were native to the property
          • Plant trees that are grown from seed that was collected in your area or from the same seed zone if possible. Get trees that are grown from genetically improved or select parent trees if possible.

          Seed Zone or Placement Maps

          Seed zone or placement maps are intended to be a guide to help landowners get seedlings that are suited for their land. This is accomplished by collecting seed from specific areas or from seed orchards that represent that area. Various maps have been developed by government agencies and companies to accomplish this. Keep in mind that these boundaries are not absolute and people do use stock from outside their area. The main thing to keep in mind is the climate such as temperature and rain fall similar to the areas being transferred.

          To illustrate this: Northern Douglas County has similar rain and temperature on its northern slopes to the Willamette Valley. Valley stock may be an option for these sites. We will not list all the possible interchanges for seed zones. Just use common sense when considering your options. Hopefully the information provided is helpful in making your selection.

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          Protect your new seedlings from deer!

          • Deer love to eat the tender new growth on your trees and they will if you do not take steps to prevent it! Here are some methods we have found to reduce or eliminate browsing by deer on seedlings
          • Rigid seeding protectors are put over the tree and staked with a bamboo stick. This is generally the most expensive method but allows for long term protection. The tube can be moved up the tree the next year as the tree grows.
          • Plant SKYD spray on repellent comes in powder form and is mixed with water then sprayed on the tree as the new growth appears. This has a limited time protection but it can protect the new growth which is what the deer like best.
          • Flexible mesh bud caps are stapled to the top of the trees. The mesh protects the first part of the new growth. These are less expensive than rigid protectors but also provide less protection. They are better than paper caps because they allow air and light to the new growth. These protectors last longer than spray repellents do.


          Flexible mesh bud cap deer protector Rigid mesh deer protector
          Flexible mesh bud cap deer protector Rigid mesh deer protector

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