How to Properly Care for Newly Planted Trees
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How to Properly Care for Newly Planted Trees

Planting trees has many benefits, from enhancing curb appeal and property value to purifying the air. In addition, strategically planted trees can lower your energy costs significantly, providing a barrier between hot and cold weather. While trees can grow up to thirty feet in height, they are susceptible to infections, infestations, and damage in the early development stages.

Provide your saplings with regular care and maintenance to avoid severe damage down the road and costly stump removal emergencies. Southern Star Stump understands the need for routine inspections and works with you to ensure your trees get everything they need to grow strong. Here are tips for caring for saplings or newly planted shrubs.

Water the Root Ball

Watering the root ball is the most important step to set up your newly planted trees for success. This is a vital step in your sapling's long-term survival and development. A dry root ball increases the risk of diseases, pests, or premature death. However, please don’t soak the root ball during irrigation, as it adversely affects growth. Water the root ball using a watering bag or garden hose to avoid scheduling tree cutting and stump removal later. These tools allow you to control the stream of water, making it easier to prevent under or overwatering the root ball.

Stay Away from the Trunks and Leaves

Don’t water the trunk and leaves! Although you should always water the root ball, avoid the trunk and leaves. While it may not seem a major concern, it can harm the tree’s health. The damage can cause deformities, removal, or stump grinding, even if the tree grows. You can prevent such scenarios by hiring a professional arborist to conduct routine maintenance inspections.

Watering Schedule

As mentioned, maintaining a wet root ball is crucial for optimum growth. However, every tree is different. Many saplings have the same watering needs and should be watered every two to three days. This means each tree receives at least ten gallons of water per week. If your tree is larger, with a trunk over two inches in diameter, ensure you provide at least eight gallons of water per inch. For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, installing a smart irrigation system can provide the right amount of water at specific times.

Check the Soil and Leaves

Another vital tip for caring for saplings is regularly checking the soil and leaves. The condition and health of the soil are essential in promoting growth. Dig some dirt from the ground beneath the tree and check for wetness. If the soil is damp or dry, water it again. It is advisable to inspect the leaves for signs of underwatering. Check for shriveled or dry leaves and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Now that you know some of the care tips for newly planted trees, hire a certified arborist to inspect, diagnose, and address issues before they become more pronounced. Contact us at Southern Star Stump to enjoy quality services at competitive market rates, including tree planting, maintenance, and stump grinding in Lawrenceville.