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Tree Resources and Links

The success of any tree planting project starts by selecting species that are adaptable to the growing conditions of a particular site. Examples of conditions to consider include soil drainage, available sunlight, aspect (direction the site faces), available space, existing trees and plants, and above and underground utilities.




Shade trees provide many benefits, such as improved air quality, energy savings, increased wildlife diversity and habitat, noise reduction, higher property values, and natural beauty. However, if trees are planted improperly they can often become stressed or even die before they can start to provide such benefits.


Utilizing proper care and maintenance techniques throughout the life of a tree can help maintain its health and vigor. A healthy plant is often better able to tolerate potential disease and insect problems. Maintenance activities should include mulching, watering, monitoring tree health, pruning, and in some cases staking and fertilizing.


Pruning, Maintenance and Care Resources


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Order Seedlings Online

Native Iowa hardwoods, small trees and shrubs, evergreens and specialty packets.

Iowa State Forest Nursery
1-800-865-2477 or 515-233-1161

Seedling Pick-up Map

Forestry News


Interested in learning how planting trees around your home can impact your energy bills?

The i-tree design program developed by the U.S. Forest Service allows you to do just that! Click on the link and follow the directions to see how much money planting trees can save you!