Tips For Taking Care Of A Young Tree
Taking Care of Young Trees
When planting young trees there are some important tips that any homeowner should follow. Where you’re planting your trees, how much you’re watering, not burying the root crown, and other important factors have large impacts on the overall health of your tree. While tips and other resources can be helpful for homeowners, the support of a professional arborist will ensure that your trees are well taken care of and have the best chance to have a long and healthy life.
When in Doubt get Professional Services
When planting new trees in your yard you want the long-term investment to pay off. Sometimes caring for a young tree can be more difficult and because trees take a very long time to grow it can be disheartening to find out your tree isn’t growing properly. Working with Joseph Tree you will get expert advice and maintenance care. We will inspect your soil, mulch, and roots, and know many tips and industry tricks to keep the tree healthy. Our planting and care services help homeowners and businesses across the state keep their trees in excellent condition.
Important Factors in Taking Care of Young Trees
In this guide, we’ll go over a variety of factors that are important when taking care of a young tree. We will give a brief overview of everything from tree watering to mulch ratios to the importance of caring for roots. Watering can change depending on the size and species of a tree, but generally, ten to fifteen gallons per week is sufficient when planting a young, new tree. Mulch should never cover the root crown, and shouldn’t be more than three inches deep around the tree. The mulch should also be no more than three feet around the trunk of the tree. Some trees benefit from stabilization which is most commonly done by staking around the tree and tying the tree to each steak. Depending on where you live a young tree can benefit from protection. By using a trunk guard you can limit the damage done by animals, landscaping, and more.
Proper Tree Watering of a Young Tree
When a young tree is newly planted it requires some additional care. A healthy tree will have regular access to water to promote healthy growth and provide resources for photosynthesis. In the event a young tree isn’t getting enough water the tree will likely not grow as quickly or as strong. An imbalance of water can cause the tree to be stunted and will not grow into the larger, more impressive tree we hope for after decades of growth.
While ensuring your young tree has a proper watering schedule, you also need to be careful the tree doesn’t get an excess of water. Too much water for young trees causes the soil to never dry out which can lead to a condition called overwatering. Overwatering is dangerous and causes serious health issues for your trees. One of the most notable side effects is the way too much water can damage the roots of the tree. Root rot kills off the roots of the tree making it impossible for the tree to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. This is especially dangerous for young trees that have smaller root systems.
Soil Water Content and Quality Tips
The quality of the soil a tree is planted in also has a huge impact on whether the tree will flourish and grow correctly. Soil provides the foundation for many of the nutrients that the tree absorbs. Through the roots trees will absorb minerals and other nutrients that are sent up through the trunk and to each limb. If the soil is too heavy with clay or other dense natural materials the root system will have a difficult time getting nutrients and water. A soil rich in nutrients will be extremely beneficial, especially for a young tree that doesn’t have as expansive of a root system. Knowing the best type and quantity of tree mulch to use is also important.
The soil content and soil density also provide some structural support for trees, and as a young tree ages this becomes very important. A tree grows different roots throughout its lifetime, and those roots rely on the soil and soil moisture to be dense enough to allow them to stay secure in the ground, but loose enough to allow oxygen and water to flow more freely. Water being stored in the soil gives the roots of your tree a chance to absorb more water and necessary nutrients for growth and photosynthesis.
Pruning a Newly Planted Tree
With healthy pruning early on you can promote a great structure for your tree that will help it grow to be a large, beautiful, healthy tree. Typically younger trees, especially newly planted ones, shouldn’t need any extensive pruning. Young tree maintenance should mostly be focused on keeping the tree healthy and allow the tree to grow naturally. The pruning of a new tree should be focused on removing anything that could harm the overall health of the tree such as damaged, broken, or dead branches. Homeowners may believe they are promoting healthy growth of their trees by pruning lower branches, but this can be detrimental to the long-term health of the tree. Having a more in-depth understanding of tree trunk development, branch selection, taking care of tree wounds, making tree pruning cuts, and establishing a strong foundation will help your tree to live a long and healthy life. A Joseph Tree professional will have the expertise and knowledge to provide any necessary pruning on your young trees, pruning older existing trees, and provide insight on what steps are necessary to keep your tree healthy.
Best Placement for a New Tree
Understanding the best planting locations for trees has a lifelong impact on the overall health of the tree. Planting trees too close to structures or other trees, or in areas with poor soil quality creates conditions where the tree must adapt instead of thrive. A professional arborist will be able to determine areas that a tree will excel in, optimal spots for trees to have access to better nutritional resources like sunlight, and what the real estate needs of roots will be as the tree ages and grows. Oftentimes the first priority for homeowners when planting young trees is how the tree will look in relation to their yard, landscaping, and home. While this is a valid thought, it is also important to consider how new trees will grow, the size of their canopy or trunk. A professional at Joseph Tree will inspect soil quality, drainage, and water retention. We will take note of the tree species and how large the tree will grow to determine if the tree can cause problems as it grows taller.
Damage & Disease
Keeping an eye on your trees can be very important. If you make a habit of regularly inspecting your trees you will be able to notice issues with the roots, bark, leaves, or other problems. Even if you are unfamiliar with potential diseases, you can contact a professional arborist to do an inspection on your property.
Joseph Tree Arborists Services
Hiring professional arborists and tree specialists gives homeowners the peace of mine that the long-term investment of planting a new tree will be worth it. Professional tree care experts have the knowledge and resources to provide the care and maintenance for your trees to flourish.
Our services include preventative tree care, plant care, tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, and regular maintenance services. Our team has extensive experience working with all tree species and will understand the needs of each tree they care for. From fungi diagnosis to young tree care, our tree care professionals will bring professional techniques and arborist knowledge to care for your trees.
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