After you plant a tree in your yard, the next step is knowing how to properly care for it. Caring for a tree that you have just planted does not have to be overly complicated, and with the following information, you should be able to ensure your tree stays in good shape for years to come.
When it comes to mulching around your tree, it all comes down to numbers really. Ultimately, you want to make sure that you do not place the mulch right up against the trunk of the tree, as this will cause moisture to become trapped and cause rot, decay, and death. Place the mulch a few inches away from the tree's trunk. The layer of mulch should be several inches thick. Finally, the mulch should be spread out to the dripline of the tree, which will increase the tree's ability to absorb nutrients and water from the soil.
Young trees need to receive plenty of hydration, but if you are new to the game, then you may not sure how much water they need. There is no set amount really, but a good rule of thumb is to simply ensure that the soil around the root ball is kept moist. Make sure to water your new tree as soon as you plant it and continue watering it at least once a week.
In some cases, your yard does not have the nutrients that your tree will need to remain healthy. Luckily, this is where fertilizer plays a role. Fertilizer is responsible for providing trees with the nutrients and minerals they are unable to get from the soil in your yard. When choosing a fertilizer, the best thing for your tree is to find one that is considered a controlled-release fertilizer and has a low salt index. At the same time, make sure it is suited for your particular region so it will provide your tree with the local nutrients needed to thrive.
Early on in a tree's life, many branches may try to compete against one another for a leading position, such as the main trunk. In the end, this will cause the tree to be weaker. However, if you begin pruning correctly from the get-go, you can ensure that the tree receives the foundation it needs to thrive for many years.
For more information on what you should do after planting a new tree or for professional assistance, contact a tree service in your area.