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I think I'll try planting a few of them later this summer if they are on sale for a good price again, before I had tried Northern Red Oaks, but just when they looked like they were starting to take off good, they died on me!
Last year I got one small Bur Oak, and it has done really well so far!,,,That's why I want to try more!
If I try anymore of the Northern Red Oaks, I'll buy larger pots of them, for I feel they would have made it if I'd only bought a bigger size!, But my one gallon Bur Oak is thriving!
That's surprising, they're supposed to be good for your area.
Did you see Sussexman's post on planting cherry trees? Maybe some of his advice might be worth a try. He wrote: You should dige the hole for it as deep as you can and when you put the soil back improve with a good dose of muck. That ground will be home to the tree for a long time so giving it the best start will ensure a happy tree. If you wish at any time to prune it do it in the summer not in the winter. This applies to most stoned fruit trees. It helps stop Silver Leaf. If you want to stake it in the start then put the stake in at an angle low down thr trunk so as the top is facing the prevailing wind. With the planting hole line it with thick cardboard, this stops any roots from surrounding plants invading the planting hole and gives the tree roots total access to the good soil you put in the hole. By the time the cardboard rots the tree will be established and can look after itself then. Don't forget to stand the tree ( assuming it's in a pot when you got it) in water for an hour before you plant it and give that hole a real good soaking before you plant the tree.
Also, if dirt gets piled up around the trunk above the original dirt line, it suffocates them.
Was is right after you got them that they croaked, or after a bad cold spell ... in other words could you pinpoint how it happened? They didn't get the split-bark problem with the frozen sap bursting with the sun in the morning?
I checked out a three garden centers today, I found a few plants for the bog garden: Feather Reed Grass (it's variegated), a Concord Grape, two other kinds of grass, and some plants for grandma begonias and black sweet potatoes.
I also found some trees to do research on, California Sycamore!