Planting a new tree or shrub in your yard is exciting. Now, you will get to watch this planting grow big and strong! While you may be eager to plant new trees and shrubs this spring, you may not know how to care for your new plants. Knowing the proper maintenance tips is vital to ensuring your seedlings take off during this vulnerable development stage. While being a new plant parent might be intimidating, there is no need to worry! The Monster Tree Service team is here to share our tips and tricks to support newly planted trees and shrubs this spring.
General Tree Care Tips to Keep in Mind Before You Plant
Before we share our tips for supporting your new trees and shrubs, let’s go over some basics to keep in mind before you dig the first hole and plant. First, research the best time to plant and the suitable types of trees and shrubs to grow in your region. Typically, early spring plantings are best for most species. Next, find the proper location in your yard to plant your trees and shrubs. Plants have specific needs regarding sun exposure, soil type, and hydration levels. So keep all of these in mind when selecting the perfect spot. Finally, remember that new plantings are most vulnerable during their first year of growth. Research your tree's needs and supply it with water, nutrients, and plenty of love.
Our Top 4 Tips & Tricks to Support Newly Planted Trees & Shrubs This Spring
Now that you know the necessary basics before you plant, here are our top four tips and tricks to support newly planted trees and shrubs this spring.
Staking helps anchor newly planted trees to prevent any tumbles while they take root. Trees with top-heavy branches, bare roots, or windy or high-traffic locations may benefit from staking. However, you don’t typically need to stake plants with low-growing branches or mature trees. To stake your tree, locate the side that needs steadying. Next, place two steaks on either side of the tree between one and two feet away from the base. Then, anchor with tree staking straps. (Don’t use wire or rope, as these can damage the tree.) Your tree should anchor itself by the fall!
Mulching offers many benefits to your tree and yard. Mulch helps protect a tree’s roots, prevent weed growth, retain moisture and nutrients, and enhance your curb appeal. To properly mulch your newly planted tree, dump your wood chips four to six inches from the tree’s base. Then, spread out to the edge of the tree canopy or slightly beyond. Your mulch layer should be three to four inches deep. Finally, give your planting a heavy watering until the wood chips soak up and retain moisture.
Newly planted trees and shrubs need plenty of water. After all, they will be doing a lot of growing! To properly water your tree, aim for the root ball and planting area rather than wetting the truck and foliage. Maintain a schedule to water every two to three days and expect to average 10 to 15 gallons of water per tree every week. As the summer heats up, you may need to water more frequently. Pay attention to the feel of the soil and monitor any signs of plant dehydration.
Trees and shrubs require plenty of nutrients to grow, especially during their first year! Plants have unique needs determined by their species, age, location, and general health. To get the best fertilization for your new plant, consult a certified arborist about developing a fertilization plan. Your arborist will be able to create the right blend of nutrients for your plant to keep it happy and healthy.