Instructions for New Planting
Newly planted trees/shrubs require routine and thorough watering regularly for at least three years after planting. Trees use water even during winter.
During mild winters, where temperatures are above normal and the ground thaws, give your tree periodic watering. You should water your trees 2 times a week in the winter if there is not a good soaking rain during the week. In summer, you will need to water 3-4 times a week.
Well-drained, sandy soils will need more water more often than a loam or clay soil. The best way to water a newly planted tree is to place a soaker hose at the base of the tree for several hours or run a slow trickle of water from a garden hose for several hours until the soil is thoroughly soaked.
Avoid short, frequent watering, which promotes development of a shallow root system that is more vulnerable to drying out and other stresses.
Mulching around the base of the tree is an important part of long-term tree care. Mulch keeps the soil moist, limits weed growth, and discourages injury from lawnmowers and weed-eaters.
Wood and bark chips are good mulching materials. You can use a porous landscape fabric as a weed barrier underneath the chips, but don't use plastic because it suffocates the roots. Apply a two- to three-inch layer of mulch and spread it to form a circle at least three feet away from the trunk. Keep the mulch from direct contact with the tree trunk.
Maintain the mulch ring to keep grasses from competing with the tree.
And that's it! If you take the time to care for your newly planted tree, it will thrive and bring you many years of enjoyment. For more planting guidelines, visit https://www.delahuntys.com/plant---flower-tips.