What is the best way to ensure that newly planted trees will survive?

Newly planted trees often experience “transplant shock”, or stress caused by root disturbance at planting and adjustment to the new growing environment.  Transplant shock may be avoided by ensuring that resources are readily available during those first few years while the tree is getting established in its new location.  Here are a few tips to help your tree make it to establishment:

  • Provide supplemental water each week during the growing season (or every two weeks during the dormant season) if there has not been at least 1” of rainfall.  We recommend soaking the root ball slowly with your garden hose, gradually moving the hose around the perimeter of the tree.  In addition to soaking the root ball, water the area around the edge of the tree well to encourage outward root growth.
  • Spread a 3-4” thick layer of mulch across the area beneath the tree’s drip line (from one edge of the canopy to the other).  Be sure to pull mulch back off the trunk by a couple of inches.
  • Be careful when working around the tree with lawn equipment.  Weed eater/lawn mower damage has led to many a casualty in landscape trees.

To learn more maintenance tips for trees, view Tips for Growing Healthy Trees.

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1. What is Urban Forestry?
2. If there is an issue with a tree at my home, can someone from the Urban Forestry Department help me decide what to do?
3. What is the best way to ensure that newly planted trees will survive?
4. Will the City take care of trees on private property?
5. How do I know if I am eligible for the Foster-A-Tree program?
6. Do I need a permit to prune or remove a tree at my home?
7. Can the City recommend a tree care service?
8. How can I get free trees through the City?
9. Will the City prune trees around my electric service line?
10. I have a problem with my neighbor's tree. Can the City help?
11. How can I get involved with Urban Forestry?