General Tree Care
Since you will assume maintenance of the tree upon installation, these instructions should be carefully followed. Like the rest of your landscaping, a new tree demands routine care to thrive and remain the centerpiece of your yard for years to come. Below you will find some tree care suggestions that will help you keep your new tree looking flawless season after season.
During the first year and a half of a newly planted tree, the root system is restricted to a "root ball." The root system will take about two and a half years to re-establish itself in the surrounding ground, so care must be concentrated on the root ball during the first year and a half. Keep the root ball moist at all times, but not standing in water.
Different soil types drain differently, and some hold water longer than others. Standing water will kill a tree just as easily as letting the root ball dry out. The recommended method of watering is to place a water hose running at a slow trickle directly on top of the root ball. If your soil has poor drainage, it is better to water a little bit at a time, a little more often. During the first year and a half, use the following temperature guidelines for watering frequency (adjust accordingly for rainfall).
||Once Every 10 Days
||Once a Week
||Twice a Week
||Three Times a Week
A sprinkler system will generally penetrate only 4" deep, whereas most root zones are 18" to 24" deep. For this reason, additional water must be applied accordingly with a water hose.
Fertilizer & Mulch
Apply fertilizer only during the growing season and according to directions. A root stimulator may also be used during the first year according to directions. You can also leave a 1" layer of pine bark mulch to keep the soil moist.