When choosing which plants to purchase for your property, think about what your plans are for your property, what purpose those plants may serve, what sort of moisture and sunlight is available for those plants, and what size the plant will eventually reach. In order to optimize the values and longevity of your new plants, carefully consider your long term needs:
- Will the plant grow too big for the space you are planting it in?
- Is there a powerline overhead that the plant may grow into?
- Is there enough sunlight or moisture for the plant in your area?
- Is there too much sunlight or moisture for the plant in your area?
- Do you want a visual screen, a timber investment, bird and wildlife habitat, or other goal for your property?
- Is the plant appropriate for your area, whether in Eastern or Western Washington? Eastside-adapted plants may tolerate westside environments, but westside-adapted plants may not tolerate eastside environments.
After you have chosen the right plants for your site, help ensure their survival with the correct planting technique. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of your planting effort:
Planting Forest Seedlings -- Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)