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Cedarburg Green partners with a number of organizations. Please use these resources to further your “growth” in knowledge of Cedarburg’s Urban Forests.

How to Plant a Bare-Root Tree

Bare-root trees have not been grown in a pot and will not have any soil around the root. Bare-root trees are easy to handle (they don’t come with a heavy root ball) and are quick to plant.


Here’s a short Bare-Root Tree Planting video showing how to successfully plant a bare-root tree.

Here's a step-by-step document:
 Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method

Invasive Plants

An invasive species is not native to a specific location (an introduced species) and has a tendency to spread to a degree that causes damage to the environment, human economy or human health. 

  • Garlic Mustard: In its first year, this biennial plant can be identified by its clusters of 3-8 rounded to kidney-shaped leaves with scalloped edges. Second year plants produce 1/4″ white, 4 pedal flowers which bloom in April/May. Seed capsules produce over 100 seeds per plant.Pulling, bagging, and sending to a landfill is recommended. Never compost nor leave plants in piles. Garlic mustard seeds can ripen after plants are uprooted. More Information from Wisconsin DNR.

  • Buckthorn: Common Buckthorn starts as a small understory shrub and can grow to a 20-25′ tall tree. It leafs out very early and retains leaves late into the growing season. Left alone, it creates dense shade, eliminating regeneration of tree seedlings and understory species. It produces chemical compounds that inhibit growth of other vegetation.Buckthorn is a starvation food for birds. They eat buckthorn berries only when food sources are low, especially in late winter. Buckthorn berries cause diarrhea and weakens birds as well as disperses seeds. More Information from Wisconsin DNR.

Invasive Insects

Emerald Ash Bore: Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive, wood boring beetle. It kills ash trees (Fraxinus spp) by eating the tissues under the bark. This metallic green beetle is native to East Asia. It was brought to the United States accidentally, in the wood of shipping crates from China.  More Information from Wisconsin DNR.

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