LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Georgia Forestry Commission is reminding Georgians that November through February is the best time to plant tree seedlings.
Stephen Spradley, Chief Ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission in Lowndes, Lanier, and Echols Counties, said the cooler temperatures during these months helps maximize the survival rate of the trees. Having as many trees as possible survive after being planted is crucial, given the importance of the timber industry in Georgia.
"The timber industry is one of our state's best renewable resources," Spradley pointed out. "The Fall and Winter is the best time of year to plant these trees just because they're in the dormant stages. it's best to plant trees when they're in the dormant stage."
The forestry commission offers a variety of seedlings in packages from 25 up to 1,000.
"As far as pine species, I'd recommend our long leaf pine. It requires the least amount of care. It's also one of the slower growin' trees, but it's also one of the larger, straighter growin' trees," Spradley explained.
They also offer a variety of ornamental trees as well. "As far as the ornamentals, we have dogwood, pecan, and various cedar and oak species that are pretty easy to grow," said Spradley.
The seedlings will be offered until the end of February and can usually be ready for pick up within about a week of being ordered. Contact your local forestry commission office to order seedlings or visit www.gfc.state.ga.us.