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Tree Planting Density

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From: Marty Kistler
Illinois City, IL
I am planting a grass area that is about 1/2 an acre. I will plant white oaks and maybe some walnut. How far apart should I plant the trees?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Depends...what is your objective (i.e., what are you trying to accomplish)? Are you planting trees for timber production? Or, are you planting trees for wide crowns and more of a park-like appearance?

Most reforestation practices in Illinois are planted to 436 trees/acre (10' x 10' spacing).

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