Proud To Be A Tree City USA Community
City of Gulfport
2401 53rd St. S.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm
Planting Your Trees
The City of Gulfport has been a member of “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the past 23 years. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in conjunction with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. In order for a community to become a Tree City USA, they must meet stringent standards. Each year, the City must meet these standards and re-apply for recertification in order to earn these prestigious awards.
To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees. – Theodore Roosevelt
How To Plant Seedlings
- Dig a hole wide and deep enough to cover the root system.
- Handle seedlings by the base of the stem, taking care not to bruise the bark.
- Lay the roots straight down the hole in a natural arrangement. Do not bunch, spiral, double-over or bend roots.
- Keep stones and twigs out of the hole (they create air pockets that dry out roots).
- Plant seedlings slightly above the root collar swelling.
- Cover with soil. Do not bury live branches or foliage, or leave any roots exposed to the air.
- Tamp soil firmly with toe (not the heel) to remove air pockets.
- Create a mulched area around the tree that is 50 percent larger than the spread of the branches and five to 10 centimeters deep. Wood chips or shredded pine or cedar bark are great mulch, as are oak leaves and pine needles.
Sign Up for the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation periodically sends out email newsletters containing tree care and planting advice, special offers, and information about upcoming events.