Planting sites were mulched with shredded bark mulch. Stressed trees are commonly attacked by borers. Well suited along streams, riverbanks, swamps and in lowland, rain gardens and rural areas. CULTURE: Cottonwood is easy to grow in almost any soil. Water the area thoroughly to make sure the soil is damp. Cotton seeds like moist soil when they are first planted. After planting, cuttings were trimmed to a height of about 6 to 12 inches above grade. Soak the ground with a sprinkler or hose for at least 15 minutes before planting. Plus, watering the soil will help pack it down a little; cotton also prefers a firm sowing bed. A 4 strand wire fence was built around the whole planting to try to limit damage from kids on their bicycles who had established a path through the planting site. Dampen the soil before planting. It isn't necessary but will give faster rooting. Plant with the top bud just above ground level and make sure the soil doesn't dry out. 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