Category Archives: Tree Care

How to Properly Care for a Newly-Planted Tree

Planting a Tree Freshly-planted trees need a little extra attention to help them grow healthy and tall. If you want a young tree to thrive on your property, it helps to know how to care for it properly. Here are our tips:

Watering

Water a newly-planted tree deeply every day for the first two weeks. After that, water it weekly for the first year, as long as it still has its leaves. Of course, if the weather is hot and dry, you may need to water it more often. If it’s especially rainy, on the other hand, you can let Mother Nature do your work for you.

Mulching

A healthy layer of mulch will help your tree retain moisture, control the soil temperature and keep weeds at bay. Apply 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around the tree’s drip zone (as far as its leaves grow out). Use a rake to pull mulch an inch or two from the tree’s trunk to provide adequate air circulation. Avoid over-mulching, as this can attract fungi and pests.

Pruning

You typically shouldn’t prune your tree for the first year, although you can trim away minor branch defects when you plant it. Pruning during the first year can limit growth during this critical period in the tree’s life.

Fertilizing

There’s no real need to fertilize a newly-planted tree, since its root systems are not developed enough to take full advantage of fertilizer.

Monitoring

Carefully watch your tree for signs of trouble like yellowing leaves or an insect infestation. Regular watering should take care of most problems, but consult a tree and lawn care professional if issues don’t go away.

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This Winter, Protect Your Evergreens With an Anti-Desiccant Treatment

It’s not uncommon to see evergreen trees suffer from damage during the winter. More often than not, this damage is the result of what’s called desiccation. Desiccation occurs when the ground freezes and makes it impossible for evergreen trees to draw moisture from the soil. Instead, they’re forced to burn through all the moisture they’ve… Continue Reading