Planting a brand new tree is similar to planting flowers, but it’s on a slightly larger scale. Having a tree growing on your property has several advantages from producing fresh oxygen and providing shade, to offering fruits depending on the tree you’ve planted. The beautiful thing about trees is once their root system is established in the ground, they’re low maintenance. You’ll have to water them if it hasn’t rained in a while and pay attention to signs of insects or diseases, but mostly they will continue to grow a happy, healthy life. New trees need more maintenance because that delicate root system has not expanded into the soil completely yet. For the first two years, your newly planted tree will need regular maintenance to set it up for a lifetime of growth. Here’s how to care for a newly planted tree.

Regular Watering Schedule: Adult trees are able to live off whatever water and nutrients are in the soil. They’ve been able to establish themselves and adapt to the area around them. Newly planted trees need a little more TLC until they can adapt to the new soils and weather patterns. For the first few weeks, you’ll need to water the new tree every day. This will ensure that it’s getting plenty of water, nutrients, and oxygen which promotes a strong, healthy root system. After those first few weeks, you’ll be able to water the tree once a week. If there are particularly dry patches, especially if it hasn’t rained for a length of time you’ll want to water the tree more frequently.

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Add Mulch For Nutrients & Protection: Mulch is a great addition to any plant, but it’s especially important for new growth. With newly planted trees, mulch helps keep in that precious moisture the tree needs to grow. You do have to be careful how much mulch is used otherwise you’ll end up smothering the tree accidentally. We recommend adding a 2 to 4 inch layer of organic mulch around the tree. Leave an inch of space between the base of the tree and the mulch so air can circulate.

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Careful Tree Trimming: Trimming is only done to a newly planted tree when there are obvious defects such as a branch barely hanging on. It should be taken care of when you first plant the tree. If possible, avoid trimming or pruning a new tree for the first couple of years.