Planting a Red Oak Tree

by Justin on May 20, 2008

This months Cub Scout theme is “Leaf it to Cubs” and I found a local fellow up the road who was giving away some Red Oak saplings so I got some for our Scout pack. I figured it’s a good way for a kid to spend some quality outdoor time with his parents or care givers. Below is the area when the digging was taking place.

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The planting was relatively easy and now the sapling is in our backyard. Click the images for a larger view.

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Now we just wait on the tree to grow. We planted it beside my sons play set but I think by the time it’s providing shade he won’t be using that play set. Oak trees can grow as high as 115 feet in the forest. The Oaks that are about 8 feet away are around 35 feet tall and the squirrels love the acorns on the tree. Our dog, on the other hand, goes nuts when the squirrels are around.

For more information on the Red Oak click here to go to wikipedia.

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The Adventurist May 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Nice post. Have a couple of the big oaks in my backyard, as well. Always enjoy the squirrels. Part of the fun will be watching the tree grow over the years. Did the rest of the Cub Scouts plant theirs at home, as well?

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admin May 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

Yep the rest of the scouts also planted theirs at home. We’re getting the hang of scouting this is our second year of having Cub Scouts at this school.

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Chiz August 24, 2008 at 10:14 am

Funny story about red oaks. While in college in 1970 I decided to germinate some acorns in my dorm room and subsequently transplanted them into larger containers. The dorm room lacked direct sunlight so I would leave them on a sill at the end of the hall during the day. One day they disappeared and I suspected the usual college pranksters. I decided to ask one of the custodian ladies who were like moms to us. When I asked if she had seen my trees her eyes got large and she said that the dorm dean had them. The dean?! I went to his office where he was speaking with another gentleman and he motioned me into the office. He said, “Are these yours”? of course, they were and the other man said, “Nice looking red oaks. Did you start them in your room”? “Red oaks”?, the dean queried. It was never said but I think that I was a suspected marijuana grower. Boy, was he embarassed. The trees still grace what was once my parents home. Smoke oak (on food), not dope!

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Justin August 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Chiz: That’s a great story! I’ll make sure our red oak stash is secure 🙂

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