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How to care for a newly planted tree

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Trees are wonderful additions to any garden, as they provide shade and aesthetic properties to your property. Growing a tree in your garden is a long process, but it might be worth it after some time when it begins to flourish and you can benefit from your hard work. In order to make a tree grow without complications, it's very important that you take care of it when it has just been planted. In order to do so, there are a few things you should think about as you're looking after your new tree.


After you've planted you new tree, the most important thing to do is to water it thoroughly and regularly. In the beginning, before the plant has rooted, it's important that the whole plant gets the water it needs. You should make sure to water it deeply every day. Watering deeply means that you water it slowly and allow the water sink down all the way down to the roots. After a couple of weeks, you can water less often, but make sure to keep an eye on the soil around the plant. If the soil goes dry quickly after you've watered it, or if it looks dry in general, you might need to water more often.


You should also mulch your new plant from the beginning. This helps the plan retain moisture and get all the minerals it needs to grow. Ask a tree specialist about what mulch to use for newly planted trees to make sure you get the best type of mulch. Also remember to be careful with how much mulch you use on the plant, as too thick a layer can preserve too much moisture. A constantly moist environment after the tree has rooted can allow fungus and bacteria to grow on the roots. This isn't a good thing for any tree, but it can be downright devastating for a newly planted tree and cause it to rot completely.


You should also be careful when it comes to trimming newly planted trees. You should limit trimming to an absolute minimum the first year, as trimming can hamper the growth of branches and ultimately cause your tree to stop growing. You do, however, need to trim the tree if you notice any of the branches starting to rot or wither, as rotting and disease can spread to the rest of the plant. You should avoid trimming the roots completely, regardless of their state, as the plant needs all its roots to grow.  

For more information on how to take care of new trees, contact a tree specialist in your area.