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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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