Three Things to Do When Planting A New Tree
Planting a tree is a great way to add value to your property.
This value comes in tangible and intangible forms. It has been shown that trees help alleviate our stress, lower our heating bills in winter by providing protection from cold winds, and cut down our cooling bills in summer by providing shade to our homes.
One tree can remove 12kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year: a sum equal to roughly 18,000km of car emissions. Trees planted in cities are also great filters for urban pollutants.
If you decide to make a contribution to the future of your city’s urban canopy this spring, we have three important tips for helping your tree establish in its new environment and get a good head start on a long and healthy life!
1. Trees need water to survive, particularly newly planted trees. Deep watering should be conducted twice a week. We suggest a hose on a slow dribble for 30 to 40 minutes. Move the end of the hose three times during this process to soak all sides of the root zone, about 8”-10” from the tree trunk. A soaker hose run for the same amount of time solves the issue of having to move the hose end around.
2. Mulch is good for your tree, but not too much please! Mounding up mulch or additional soil against the base of the tree can actually cause critical damage. Always make sure that the root flare of the tree does not become buried by excess mulch or soil. We like to maintain about a 3” layer of mulch over the root zone, but not against the tree trunk itself.
3. Watch your tree. A certain amount of transplant shock is normal and it will take some time for the roots of your tree to properly develop within the landscape. This may be characterized by smaller foliage or perhaps some wilted leaves. If this problem persists or you notice a sudden rapid change, please contact your arborist for an inspection.
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