Plant a Tree or Plant a Forest


Friday, April 28th is National Arbor Day, so plant a tree or plant a forest!

Plant a Forest!

“Planting a forest” gives you a way to create a natural wooded area regardless of the size of your yard. This concept can involve part of your yard or the full yard. Follow a few simple guidelines:

• Avoid septic systems, power lines, driveways, or streets. Keep trees a safe distance from your house.

• Select an area on the north or west side of your house for a winter wind barrier or on the south and west side for cooling shade in summer.

• Use plants that are suitable for local conditions.

• Plant various sized trees or sequence the plantings over a few years. Plant the trees you want to be larger first.

• Plant a variety of trees in irregular spacing (a minimum of 8’ spacing) to imitate the look of a natural woodland area.

• Amend the entire forest area by adding crushed leaves or leaf mulch, TGP Garden Compost Mix, and Bio-tone to aerate and enrich the soil.

• Mulch the entire area. Grass should not be grown in the ‘forested’ area. Mulch can be shredded wood bark and/or chopped leaves. Natural leaf drop should be allowed to decompose on the ‘forest floor.’ You can also use ‘living mulch’ of low growing native sedges or woodland plants.

• Maintain a conscientious watering program for the first two to three years.

• Selectively prune branches as needed. The close planting of trees encourages tall, high canopy growth.

Why Trees are Awesome

• Just one tree can absorb 26 pounds of carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants per year and replace it with oxygen.

• Trees conserve energy by providing cooling shade. Three properly placed trees can cut your air conditioning bill 10-50%. In summer, indoor temperature can be reduced up to eight degrees.

• Trees slow rainfall runoff, preventing soil erosion.

• Tree increase the value of your home.

• Trees and shrubs produce natural sound barriers.

• Forest cover provides habitat for songbirds and other wildlife.

• Trees and woodlands are aesthetically pleasing.

“He who plants a tree plants hope.” —Lucy Larcom

Whether you are planting a tree or planting a forest, this Arbor Day, we are happy to help you select the right plants for your yard. Stop in for advice and pick up a copy of our “Plant-A-Forest” handout at the Tree & Shrub counter.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Winter Office Hours

January 1 - March 23

During the winter months while we are not open to the public, we do have office hours Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and are happy to answer any questions you might have. If you are stopping in, please call ahead.

Spring Begins March 24, 2018!  

Growing for the future with
right plants in right places.