Many people take advantage of the fact that trees are typically very easy to grow and don’t usually require an exorbitant amount of water. However, if you want your trees to reach their full potential in size, health, and beauty, then you should make sure that you give them the proper care that they deserve and need. There are several steps that you should follow in order to give your new trees the proper care. Here are some of those steps:

 

  1. Proper planting
  2. Mulching
  3. Watering
  4. Pruning

Proper Planting

Many people make the mistake of digging a hole that is either too deep or too narrow for the tree that they are planting. If the hole is too deep, then the roots won’t be able to receive enough oxygen and their growth will be stunted as a result. If the hole is too narrow, then the roots won’t have room to expand and develop a strong root structure that will be able to provide sufficient nutrients to the tree. Additionally, if the roots don’t have room to expand, they won’t be able to properly anchor the tree to the ground. When planting a new tree, be sure to make the width of the hole at least 3 times the size of the tree’s root ball. Additionally, the hole should only be deep enough to barely cover the soil of the root ball.

Tips for mulching

Mulching your tree can help to keep moisture in the soil for longer periods of time so that your tree can be watered less frequently without drying out quickly. Mulching can also control weeds that would otherwise compete for the nutrients that your tree needs from the soil. However, if you apply the wrong type of mulch or mulch too deeply, then it can be detrimental to the health of your tree. You should look for organic mulches wherever possible, and apply no more than 2-4 inches of mulch around the base of your tree.

How much water?

When you first plant a tree, it is imperative that you give it a healthy amount of water right after planting. For the first two years, frequently treat your tree to deep watering so that its root system can develop properly. After the first two years, you can cut back your watering schedule because the roots will already be strong and developed.

When should you prune?

Pruning your tree can help encourage new growth, enhance flowering, or direct growth. Depending on the area where you live and the type of tree that you are dealing with, you can usually prune during winter dormancy, spring, and summer. Fall pruning is not recommended because tree wounds do not heal as quickly in the fall, and fungi spores typically spread rapidly during the fall.

To find out more about how to properly care for your tree, please contact Tom Day Tree Service.

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