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Tree Planting Information

Helpful tips to plant your bareroot seedlings
Tree Planting brochure Rev 2023.pdf
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Michigan milestone: 100K planted trees added to

Mi Trees map


The Michigan DNR asked you to plant trees, and Michiganders showed up: planting and registering more than 100,000 trees on the DNR’s interactive Mi Trees map since 2021.


This amazing turnout for the Mi Trees effort has helped the DNR move toward its goal of planting 50 million trees by 2030 in partnership with, a global initiative to plant 1 trillion trees. Much of Michigan’s landscape is privately owned or in urban and community areas, making public participation an important part of the effort.

Why plant a trillion trees? Forests are important for the health of the planet and for us. From simply providing beauty to our landscapes and communities, to creating wildlife habitat, slowing climate change, providing renewable materials for everyday products and even improving mental health, trees are essential.


The Michigan DNR plants about 6 million trees a year on state forest land, with forest management practices that are certified as sustainable by two independent organizations.


If you want to join the effort, find tips to pick the right tree and plant it correctly at Be sure to tag them on our map to share your achievement and help us get closer to the Trillion Trees goal. 


Questions about tree planting? See our handy guide or contact DNR forestry experts Kevin Sayers, Mike Smalligan or Lawrence Sobson.


Tree Planting Planting, Care & Maintenance Workshop

On October 6, 2020, KCD held a virtual workshop titled "Tree Planting Planting, Care & Maintenance Workshop". It can be a challenge to plant trees and have them survive in urban and rural environments. From roots to shoots, research in the area of planting and maintaining trees continues to evolve.  Steven Nikkila, former senior instructor of the Michigan School of Gardening, and Janet Mancunovich, professional gardener and author, discussed the best practices of planting and maintenance, crafted from over 60 years of combined experience. Attendees of this virtual workshop learned how to grow trees in any location, park to parking lot!


Topics included:

  • Selecting the right type of tree for each site
  • Soil preparation
  • Planting instructions
  • Watering
  • Simple, most effective maintenance care
  • Basic pruning techniques
  • When to prune and when to hire a professional


Here are links to the information and references that Janet and Steven shared in the program.


Tree Selection


Planting Trees


Compromised Root Systems


This program was supported by the DNR, Urban and Community Forestry Program,

the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Program and ReLeaf Michigan.

Orchard and Fruit Tree resources

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Phone: 269.775.3368

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