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The first year after planting is a key time to ensure the ongoing healthy development and growth of a tree. Proper care can be the difference between an attractive tree that only needs affordable care, or a tree with ongoing structure and health issues that can become costly to correct. The following three tips can help you get your young trees off to a healthy start.
#1: Plant Wisely
There are a few key things to keep in mind when planting a young tree. These are:
Dig the planting hole to a depth equal to that of the tree's root ball, but three times wider. This gives the tree plenty of loose soil to spread out into.
Don't add compost or soil additives to the soil in the planting hole. This creates a nutrient-rich island, so the roots may not spread beyond this area to anchor full into the surrounding soil.
If the tree has a graft union, which is a swollen knob or scar above the root system, plant so that the union sits just above the soil. Sometimes trees are grafted onto a healthier root stock, but if the union is below ground then branches from the root stock may begin to grow.
#2: Create a Water Ring
After planting, watering is the key to keeping your young tree healthy so that it established well. The simplest way to ensure the tree gets sufficient water is to make a watering ring. Build up a ring of soil, about 4 to 6 inches tall, that encircles the trunk. Make the ring about twice as wide as the young tree's canopy.
Fill the space inside this ring with a 2 inch layer of mulch, but don't rest mulch directly against the tree trunk. Mulch prevents weed growth and helps conserve moisture in the soil, so it's a win-win addition. Then, Simply fill the ring with water every 10 days or so. The water will slowly seep into the soil, thoroughly moistening the root zone of your tree.
#3: Tie It Up
Finally, many young trees require staking to ensure they grow straight. You don't want to keep the trunk from moving completely, since trunk movement encourages a young tree to grow strong anchoring roots. Instead, simply add a bit of help to keep it straight and stable as it establishes.
Install a 3- to 4-foot tall stake 1 foot away from the trunk – immediately after planting so the stake doesn't damage a root. Then, loop a tree anchor around the trunk and then over the stake. Tree anchors are soft and have some give, so they don't damage the trunk. Place the anchor about 3 feet up the trunk, and make sure it is completely parallel to the ground. Young trees usually only require staking in the first year, so remove the anchor and stake the second year. For more information, visit Quality Tree Service And Landscape Maintenance.