New trees and shrubs can be sensitive and will need a little extra TLC from you, after they have been planted. With a little nurturing at the beginning, most trees will take off and grow healthy and strong for years to come!
However, when trees are newly planted, the stress of the transition can cause them some shock which can lead to disease susceptibility, leaf loss and even death. So, to avoid those terrible fates, we have put together a list of helpful tips to care for new trees!
- Water plants deeply directly after transplanting. When we say deeply, we mean to keep a low steady flow of water aimed at plant roots for several minutes, until the soil seems saturated (if a puddle forms and doesn’t disappear in a few seconds, that is probably sufficient).
- Generally speaking, deep, less frequent watering is better than everyday sprinkles. This promotes deep root growth and can reduce water loss by evaporation.
- Most of our native soils are clay-heavy and absorb water at a slower rate. So we recommend giving trees a very slow flow of water to allow more to soak in.
- Mulch around the base of the trees to suppress weeds and trap in moisture. It also keeps the soil temperature at a more even keel. Just be sure not to pile the mulch right around the tree base- give it an inch or two to breathe.
- During the summer months, we recommend watering when temperatures are cool, either in the early morning or at night.
If you run into problems or questions, regarding watering, pest control or other concerns, contact Frontier Landscaping. We are happy to discuss it with you.