Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my seedlings last if I don’t plant them right away?

  • Up to 2 weeks in a cool, dark place.
  • After that heel into a trench for up to one growing season.

Should I fertilize my trees?

Yes, slow release tablets work best for young seedlings:

  • 1 tablet per 1/4 ״ stem diameter, placed approximately 2 ״ deep and 3-4 ״ away from seedling
  • or 3-4 oz. of commercial 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 can also be used several inches out from stem.


What far apart should I plant my trees?

Varies with species and intended use:

  • Windbreak or border – 2-4'
  • Christmas trees – 5-7'
  • Large shade trees – 8-16'
  • Evergreen forest plantation – 8-12'
  • Wildlife plantings – random spacing ranging from 4-12'

How long does it take them to reach a certain size?

Depends on species, soils and site conditions.


What should I plant for a windbreak or border?

Depends on site and soil conditions, and if you prefer long or short needles.

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Washington County SWCD, USDA Service Center, 2530 St Rt 40, Greenwich, NY 12834 Phone: 518-692-9940 ext. 5