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Our Healthy Tree Growing Standards

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Part of the secret to maintaining quality trees is growing healthy trees.

Woodlawn trees are selected, propagated, and grown with individual attention to each tree to promote beauty, durability and longevity.

Our Woodlawn Trees are grown in root pruning containers to minimize circling roots and promote a fibrous root system which, in turn, help our trees establish very quickly in the landscape with minimal transplant shock.

RootMakers® are designed to create fibrous, non-circling root systems horizontally and vertically at all phases of production to equip plants for transplanting success. These products aren’t just “containers,” but rather root production tools. Each step complements the next, building upon the previous fibrous root system. A fibrous root system means a greater root tip surface area and translates to a greater efficiency in the absorption of water and essential elements; an increase in growth rate, establishment, and vigor; a higher transplant survivability; and ultimately, superior performance for your trees.

The RootTrapper® provides the mobility of remaining above ground and is generally 15 to 60-gallons at this shift. This is a black, spun-bonded fabric which has been laminated with a white coating. This unique container stops circling roots and continues to stimulate root branching by trapping root tips.

With root pruning containers and a simple irrigation system, nursery trees can be maintained above ground with minimal care for up to two years before needing to be transplanted into a larger container. All the while, they are available to be installed into the landscape whenever the opportunity comes.

However, roots are not the whole tree.

Woodlawn trees also pays a great deal attention to the limbs and structure of the crown as well. Lower branches are valuable to young tree development. Most contemporary nurseries have a practice of pruning the lower branches off young trees. Sometimes as much as the bottom half of the tree will be pruned. The buying public has come to accept this as the normal look of a young tree.

There are several reasons why this is not a good practice.

  • Sunscald on newly transplanted trees is much more common when the lower branches are removed. If the lower limb structure is maintained, sunscald problem will be minimized or eliminated altogether.
  • Trunk taper helps to assure a durable structure that is much stronger and less likely to fail as the tree matures. Lower branches are important in the development of good trunk taper.
  • Root development and tree establishment is enhanced by lower branches. Trees with lower branching will establish more quickly.

How Many Lower Branches May I Prune?

A better question is, ‘How many lower branches can I keep?’. Until a tree is established in the landscape (usually one to two growing seasons with Woodlawn trees) all the lower branches should be protected if possible. After the tree is established, you should keep at least the top two thirds of the tree in foliage.
Lower branches should not be allowed to become major limbs, especially if they will eventually be removed. When a tree is established and the risk of sunscald is minimal, the lower branches can be removed with little adverse effects on the tree.