Our Guide to Caring For New Trees
Are you preparing to plant a new tree in your yard? If so, great idea!
Doing so is likely to increase the value of your property, provide shade and privacy and will make your backyard more welcoming. Plus, planting a new tree is an easy way to help the environment. This is especially true if you plant a native species that will thrive in your local climate and region. Here’s a guide for helping you take care of your brand new tree to ensure it has a long, healthy and beautiful life.
If you’re planting a deciduous tree, do so in early spring or fall, when the leaves start falling. Conifers can be planted in the early spring and between early August and late October.
You’ll need to find out how large your tree will eventually grow. This will let you determine how far from your home you should plant it and whether it’ll have enough room to mature. Contact your municipality to find out how to check for underground power cables on your property. Remember not to plant tall-growing tree near overhead power lines.
When transporting your tree from the nursery to your yard, make sure to pad the branches and trunk with a burlap sack. If you can’t plant it immediately, store it in a cool area away from sunlight and be sure to water the roots and soil. When it’s time to plant, dig a hole that’s roughly two to three times as wide as the root ball or container. Don’t dig too deep. When you put the tree in the hole, the root collar (where the roots join the trunk) should be flush with the hole or even slightly above it.
After Planting Tree Care
Here’s how to ensure your new tree thrives:
- Water. Water immediately after planting and then weekly. Take care to water deeply and slowly and to increase the frequency of watering in hot and dry weather. Avoid overwatering.
- Mulch. Mulch prevents weed growth and helps soil retain water. Spread two to four inches of mulch over the root ball’s area, but two to three inches away from the trunk. Read our blog all about mulching.
- Fertilize. Only use bone meal or phosphorus fertilizer for the first year. Brush up on the Dos And Don’ts of Fertilizer.
- Stake. Unless the tree is planted in shallow soil or exposed to strong winds, you don’t need to stake it. If you do, remove it after the first year.
- Prune. You can prune after planting to equalize branch spacing and remove damaged, dead or rubbing limbs. After that, prune in the late fall or early spring, while the tree is dormant.
These are general tips. Don’t hesitate to consult a professional to learn more about your tree’s specific needs!
Call All Season for Expert Tree Service In Edmonton
The professional and experienced arborists at All Season Tree Service can help you ensure that your new tree stays healthy year after year. Contact us today to learn more about our services in and around the Edmonton area or for a free consultation! We’re happy to travel to any of the surrounding cities, including Leduc, St Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and Spruce Grove.