How to Care for a Tree
Tree care is an investment. A healthy tree increases in value, increases property value, purifies the air, saves energy by providing cool shade in summer, beautifies our surroundings and protects from the winds.
Diligent watering while establishing a tree is the most important part to your success. The tree cannot be allowed to dry out, as a new tree has a limited root system. This applies to all species. They will not be drought resistant until they are well established.
Watering should consist of a deep soaking. If you have mulched well you will find that the loam under the mulch will be slightly sticky, if this is the case your tree should be wet enough.
Tell tale signs that your tree needs watering. Is drooping new foliage or dropping of leaves.
Dropping of leaves also can indicate too much water or (over watering), again you can check this by seeing if the loam is sticky, wet or if the loam has a rotten smell about it.
If planting in summer months. I have had success with lightly pruning the lower branches, about thirty percent. This puts less stresses on the limited root system of your newly planted tree.
Inspect your trees at least once per year preferably in spring or warm months. This is because if you need to prune them. It is preferred to do it then, so as the tree will not get infections in exposed cuts, allowing it to heel without problems.
Annual fertilizing, insect control, signs of disease and if necessary pruning to maintain balance and health. There are a number of good reference books on this web site.