Southern Shade Tree Web Sites
Wherever you live in the South, your Extension agency and Forest Service has online lists of trees for your state or county. Here are a few such excellent resources for southern gardeners.
Fast-Growing Shade Trees for Georgia
Texas Tree Planting Guide
Florida Trees for Urban and Suburban Sites
Native Tree Growing Guide for Louisiana
Clever Gardening Technique
Spiral Soaker or Drip Hoses
To give a young tree a good slow soaking, drip or soaker hoses work well. However drip irrigation emitters generally only wet a few spots of soil along the hose. Spiral the hose beginning near the base of the tree and circling the tree about a foot or so farther out with each spiral until you reach the outer branch spread. This will wet a large volume of soil, which is important if your goal is to get lots of fast growth early in the life of the tree.