4 Tips on Caring for Newly Planted Trees

4 Tips on Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Think back to the day you planted your Arbor Day beauty.

You did your research to find the perfect planting spot for the perfect tree.

Soon, you took to digging (but of course, not too deep), planted your new tree and filled in the hole with soil to keep it up straight. You didn’t stop there, though. You mulched around it and topped it off with plenty of water.

Since then, you’ve been admiring the beautiful tree that will offer benefits for years to come.

So, now what? Find all the tips you need for caring for newly planted trees below.

Any tips for watering a new tree?

Newly planted trees are under stress due to their new environment, so they’ll need extra love and care! Proper watering is essential to bringing moisture and oxygen to your trees’ roots.

During the first two weeks, deeply water young trees every day. Then, water a new tree once a week for the first year, while it still has its leaves. Be sure to take rainfall into account before watering, too.

Of course, during hot, dry periods, water more frequently.

How should I mulch my new tree?

Mulch is just what new trees need to retain moisture, control soil temperature and ward off weeds.

You want to avoid piling on too much mulch, though. Known as volcano mulching, this creates a cool, damp environment, which can attract fungi, pests and diseases. All of these factors stress out your new tree.

Instead, mulch your trees the right way! Begin by choosing the best mulch for trees… organic mulch.

Then, apply 2 to 4 inches of mulch around the tree’s drip zone, which is as far as the tree’s leaves grow out. Use a rake to pull mulch 1 to 2 inches from the tree trunk to provide proper air circulation.

What do I need to know about pruning new trees?

It’s important to trim away minor branch defects at the time of planting, but hold off on pruning young trees for at least a year.

Significantly trimming trees in the middle of the growing season can limit their growth potential next year.

When should I be fertilizing newly planted trees?

At Davey, we fertilize with Arbor Green PRO®. Since this is a slow-release, low-burn fertilizer, you don’t have to worry about when to fertilize.

Our fertilizer can be applied at any time – even on newly planted trees. This way, you’ll replenish nutrients that are generally lacking in our yard’s soil.

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  • The Tree Doctor May 30, 2018 >Hi Margaret, As a general guideline, we typically recommend a tree receive one inch of water per week once the soil dries out and no natural rainfall occurs. However, there may be other factors in play with your tree that are unknown to me. I recommend you contact a certified arborist and have them come out and take a look at the tree. Unfortunately, Davey Tree does not service your area. Here is a resource that should help you with hiring a certified arborist or reputable tree company: http://www.davey.com/arborist-advice/articles/hiring-a-tree-service-provider-or-an-arborist/. Best of luck to you! Here if you have any more questions, Margaret.
  • Margaret Krimmer May 29, 2018 >in winter, how often do I n eed to water a Nyssa sylvatica which is a small tree at this stage. Almost all of the leave have fallen.
  • The Tree Doctor March 6, 2018 >Hi Aryan. If you are dealing with a fruit tree species that can be grafted onto different types of rootstocks, trees grafted onto rootstocks that produce the greatest dwarfing effect will tend to begin bearing fruit at a younger age. If the fruit tree species is one that grows on its own roots, try to find a cultivar that is known to begin bearing early. Otherwise, you will just have to plant your tree and let nature take its course. It will begin to bear when it is ready. Hope this helps, Aryan.
  • ARYAN VISHAL SINGH March 4, 2018 >please advice me that how the replanted trees grow soon and start to good fruits?
  • The Tree Doctor September 1, 2017 >Hi there! Great question. We recommend waiting at least 3 years to let the tree get established. Hope this helps! Here if you have any other questions.
  • H D August 29, 2017 > I bought a new construction home about a year ago with two brand new trees, and I would like grass to grow to the trunk eventually. I realize this can create conflict between the tree and the grass if the roots aren't deep enough, but my sprinkler system does include tree bubblers. However, I see this all the time on old trees, so I wanted to know how long before should I put mulch around the tree to let it establish before I let the grass grow. Thanks, H
  • Karla Wray July 19, 2017 >We had 3 trees removed from our back yard last week. The guys did a great job. They had the trees down in no time and did a really good job with clean up.
  • The Tree Doctor April 17, 2017 >Hello Sheila! You can buy Davey's Arbor Green fertilizer at your local SiteOne store. To find the closest store to you, use this tool: siteone.com/home/locations.aspx. If you have any fertilizer questions, this article might be helpful, too: blog.davey.com/2016/05/what-when-and-why-the-best-way-to-fertilize-trees/ Thanks for reaching out, Sheila. We're always here to help!
  • Sheila Sakamoto April 17, 2017 >Where can I get arbor green grow?
  • The Tree Doctor September 28, 2016 >Hi there, Roger! Nice to meet another avid gardener and tree protector! Thank you for always recommending Davey when you can. Glad we've proven to you over the years how we can best care for your trees. Speaking of which, you should be able to buy Davey's Arbor Green fertilizer at your local SiteOne. You can find your closest store here: siteone.com/home/locations.aspx. If you have any fertilizer questions along the way, give your local arborist a call at 970.682.7991.
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