How Much Care Do New Trees Need?

How Much Care Do New Trees Need?

Every month, hundreds of young trees are planted throughout the greater Houston area, often near large commercial centers. Although these trees may vary greatly in variety and size, they all have the same basic needs in order to thrive in their new environment. Today’s blog post takes an in-depth look at how much care new trees need, and why professional tree care is the best way to ensure young trees have a strong, healthy, and beautiful life for decades to come.

Proper Watering

The biggest priority for newly planted trees is proper watering to ensure they thrive in their new conditions. Young trees should be watered immediately after planting, and then should be watered some each day for the first few weeks as the tree expends a significant amount of energy expanding its roots. After that, the tree should be watered at least once a week, depending on the tree species and the time of year it’s planted. The soil around the tree should be moist, but not soggy, so that the tree roots get ample moisture without risking oversaturation. An irrigation system can help ensure that young trees get the correct levels of hydration throughout the year.

Organic Mulch

Newly planted trees also have a better chance to thrive when the soil around the tree base is protected from the elements. Healthy, organic mulch can protect against excessive heat and drought conditions that can commonly harm the health of young trees. In addition to helping regulate soil temperature and moisture levels, organic mulch can also help prevent the appearance of invasive weeds that can rob trees of vital nutrients and soil minerals.

Tree Protection

Young, newly planted trees are highly susceptible to injuries or wounds when they are not protected after planting. Young trees benefit from bracing to prevent toppling during severe storms or high winds. Also, newly planted trees should not be pruned in any way unless absolutely necessary. Wounds caused by tree pruning can force young trees to use excess amounts of energy to heal and recover from pruning, and also make them more vulnerable to invasive insects and tree diseases.

LMC strives to ensure that newly planted trees receive the care and protection necessary for decades of health, beauty, and stability. LMC’s team of Certified Arborists specializes in helping commercial customers get the most benefit from their new trees by providing proper care from planting to full maturity. Contact LMC for more information about their full range of tree care services, including Tree Planting, Tree Maintenance and Pruning, Deep Root Fertilization, Irrigation Installation, and Root Flare Excavation. Call LMC at 713-688-2435 for more information, or go online to request a free consultation!

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