✨🌲 Today is Arbor Day! 🌳🍃✨
Hopefully you have plans to plant a brand new tree! If so, you can expect it to require a little more attention than the rest of your landscaping trees. That is because the root system is still being introduced into the soil and acclimating to its new surroundings. So long as you stay committed to a routine tree care schedule, you are likely to have great success with your newly transplanted tree.
So, in honor of Arbor Day and everything it represents, continue below to learn some helpful tips on how to care for a newly planted tree.
Arbor Day Tree Care Tips
You cannot ever guarantee the success of any newly planted tree. Many things can go wrong that you don’t have any control over. However, there is plenty you can do to support a healthy growth cycle and prevent problems with your tree. Specifically, there are 6 things you need to do every week, sometimes every day, for your transplanted tree. These include watering, pruning, fertilizing, stabilizing, mulching, and eliminating risks.
For the first several months, you must check the soil every day, and water your transplanted tree every few days. Just be sure to not over-water; two or three times a week is a great starting off point. If it rains, check the top few inches of soil around the base of the tree for moisture first. If it is dry, it needs to be watered; if it is still moist, you can skip watering it for the day and recheck tomorrow. Furthermore, always allow the soil to dry completely before re-watering. This watering cycle will help your tree establish a strong root system.
Laying mulch around the base of your trees is a highly effective method of supporting healthy growth and prolonging their life. Although you do not need to re-mulch every week, it is important to check on your mulch beds every day to ensure they are still doing their job. Mulch helps retain moisture and block out excess heat and UV exposure. This helps to keep a tree in good health. If the mulch seems low, put down another layer. Apply new mulch entirely, every year. The rule of thumb when it comes to proper mulching is to keep layers between 2 and 4 inches deep, and at least 6 inches from the base of the trunk.
It is important to inspect the branches of your transplanted tree every day to assess its pruning needs. Pruning should take place right after you transplant your tree. Dead, diseased, damaged, and broken branches should be strategically removed before it can develop a good branch structure. Once the tree acclimated to the soil and its surroundings, it can begin to establish a strong root system, which helps lay the foundation to improve branch strength and structure. No more than 25% of a tree’s foliage should be removed in a year. Be sure to have a licensed tree service company perform your annual pruning needs to ensure that the proper ANSI tree pruning standards are applied.
Some Daily Tree Care Considerations to Keep in Mind:
Inspect your tree every day to ensure it is growing as it should. If it is not, fertilizer may be an option. Fertilizer should only be applied AFTER the first year of tree transplanting. Do not think of fertilizer as tree food; instead, think of it as something that should only be used if necessary. Stressed trees should never be fertilized. There are specific application techniques that must be followed in order to have good results. Check with a trusted tree service company for advice regarding your newly planted tree needs.
Check your tree every day to ensure it is upright and steadied. Some newly planted trees require some stabilization in order to withstand strong winds and other inclement weather conditions. Cabling and bracing work well to support weak trunks. If lawn mower damage is a possibility, you may want to also consider a trunk guard.
☙ Risk Abatement
Inspect your transplanted tree every day to ensure there are no imminent dangers lurking around the corner. It is important to minimize the level of danger that can be imposed onto your new tree. This includes taking into consideration lawn mowers, sprinkler systems, nuisance wildlife, pets, herbicides, pesticides, and more.
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