Dig and Sell Native Trees

You can spread a lot of beauty—and bring home more than $100 a day—when you dig and sell native trees.



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Having selected his sapling, Bill clips away ground brush and prunes any unnecessary or awkward branches
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William widens and deepens his trench.
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William then digs underneath from the edge with this spade.
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William gently slips the moisture-retaining burlap under the root ball. 
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For the "chop" stroke, turn the spade 180 degrees so that the face of the blade is toward the tree.
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The "chip-chop" digging method: the shovel starts with its "back" toward the tree. This "chip" stroke—made at a deep angle—loosens one side of the piece of earth.
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After carefully rolling the arboreal moneymaker out of its hole, Bill's ready to load it into his pickup truck
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Wrapping and tying the material.
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Aspens are a popular ornamental native tree.
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Lift out the narrow wedge of soil. Follow this pattern until you've dug a trench all the way around the tree.
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White or gray birches make good shade trees.
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When the trench is complete, use same method to angle in and remove the earth from beneath the necessary portion of the root structure
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The white pine produces sturdy lumber.
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Maples come in a wide variety of species. Most produce sap that can be turned into maple syrup.
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