New trees are delicate creatures that require the right approach to help them grow and become strong and thriving plants. Home and property owners love trees because of the shade they give the property and the enhanced beauty they add to the landscape. Here are some important tips to follow for taking care of a newly planted tree.
Believe it not but new trees are under a lot of stress. They are working to adapt to being in a new environment. Native trees must become acclimated to the different characteristics the soil, light, and air in their new surroundings. Therefore, they’ll need some extra attention to make sure that they are adjusting properly. Proper and consistent watering is one of the most essential habits you have to develop. It’s what brings the right amount of moisture and oxygen to the roots of the tree. Water your new tree every day for the first two weeks and then once a week for the first year. During especially hot times of the year, you will likely need to water more frequently.
The key to properly mulching new trees is finding the right balance between too much and too little. Mulch will help the new trees retain moisture. It also helps control the temperature of the surrounding soil and keep weeds at bay. Use two to four inches of organic mulch extending out to the length of the tree’s leaves. Then, rake the mulch up to two inches from the tree trunk to make sure that the tree is still getting the right amount of air circulation.
Wait at least one year before pruning your new tree. If you happen to see any minor issues with the branches, it is safe to address those problems, but be careful not to over-prune the tree. Too much pruning will limit the tree’s growth potential and leave it vulnerable to pests and diseases.
Use fertilizer to give your trees the necessary nutrients it requires for healthy growth. Like mulch, be careful not to over-fertilize your new tree. If the soil in your yard is lacking any nutrients that your tree needs, the fertilizer will help make up the difference. Use fertilizers that have a slow release and low burn potential.
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