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How To Water Newly Planted Trees

The professional arborists at Advantage Tree Service in Des Moines, IA want to share advice about how to care for transplanted trees.

New tree planting is one of the best things you can do for your landscape. Transplanting new trees onto your property can increase its value and enhance the aesthetic appeal. Since trees are such long-lived organisms, it is very important to care for them properly, especially in their early years. This article will share some tips about how to care for newly planted trees.

Benefits Of Proper Care For New Trees

The first few years of a transplanted tree’s life are the most important. Getting the tree established strongly will serve it well for the rest of its life. A well-established tree will have strong, deep roots that support it and prevent it from being in danger of falling over. The deep roots will feed fresh nutrients up through the trunk and into the leaves resulting in strong branches, dense foliage and strong production if it is a fruit or nut tree.

Preventing Transplant Shock

Trees available to be transplanted come in three forms: bareroot, bagged and potted. Regardless of the method of packing the tree, the tree’s root system will be stunted and under-developed. This makes the transplanting process hard on new trees as they transition from the controlled environment of a nursery out into the landscape. It will be up to you to make this transition manageable for the tree.

The best thing you can do to help your tree establish is to water it properly. For the first few years of its life, the roots will be establishing themselves in the surrounding soil. Water slowly with several gallons of water so that the water can penetrate deeply into the soil. Deep watering allows the roots to spread out as they seek the water out. Slowly watering will prevent overwatering that can lead to mold or fungus issues that could kill the tree.

Watering And Tree Care Tips For New Trees

Watering trees regularly will help them establish in their new spot. Water deeply on the day of planting and daily for the next few weeks. After the first few weeks, switch to biweekly waterings. As the tree begins to thrive, water every week or two for the next few years until the tree is well established. Small trees will establish within a year or so, while larger trees can take up to five years to stabilize.

Mulching under the tree’s canopy will prevent moisture loss and speed up establishment, just be sure to leave an air gap between the trunk and the surrounding mulch. Fertilizing should be done upon planting with a slow release fertilizer.

About Advantage Tree Service

Advantage Tree Service has been committed to the health and growth of trees in the Des Moines, IA area for over 17 years. Their commitment to customer service is shown in their care of trees. While most tree services are known for topping out and removing trees, Advantage Tree Service is committed to the health of your trees from planting to pruning to recommending nutritional amendments. Their arborists share a knowledge and passion for caring for trees.