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líoots are me very me oí an pianis - or in other words, they are the means of lifo to planta. No man would think of setting out a treo or plant, which had not a good numbor of roots, particularly of small fibrous roots- for the task would be so complctely useless that he would not attempt it - it would be labor thrown away. As well might a man expect to raise fruit from thorns, us to set trees without a sufficient number of roots and expect thora to put out leaves. And as the season of transplanting and setting fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs has again come around, we counsel all who expect to do anything in this line to look woll to tho roots of plants. If you are removing ornamental trees from tho forost, and are doiug the work yourself, or having it done under your eyo, see that wit.h every treo or shrub removed a generous number of small roots or rootlets are taken up with the plant or tree. Handle these tenderly, and in again placing tho tree in position, spread them out evonly, sift the earth carefully around them, and if the tree is large, stake and tie, to prevent from being swayed and disturbed by the wind. In purchasing trees at the nursery insist upon their being woll taken up, and reject such as havo not au abundance of rootlets. Largo roots are necossary in most cases to give support to the tree - although thig can be supplied by tying firmly - but small roots are more necessary than large ones, for the life of the treo dependa upon the nourishment whioh thry chiefly Rivo. A straight trunk and handsomely sbaped top are good qualitics in a tree, and in making a seleetion tinoso poiuta should not lio overlüoknd - but of more importinco than oithnr ia that of havihg plenty of roots und rootlets, wil li theso the skillful cultivator muy lnivo snch a top and troo as he pleasos, without them ho has but a dciid and drv bush to bo thrown on the waste boaii and


Old News
Michigan Argus