New, young trees can be a beautiful addition to any yard. However, if you aren't used to planting trees, you might think all there is to do is to put the trees in the ground and water them. However, you need to do some things to ensure that they take root properly and grow for a long time. Here are three helpful tips to use so you can keep your new trees growing well.
Don't Add Nutrients to the Soil
When you start digging to make the holes or the new trees, you might think you're helping them by first putting down some additives, nutrients, or compost. However, this could end up being fatal for your trees. The tree roots are likely to grow deeply into the small patch of nutrient-rich soil you've given them, not extending outward into the surrounding soil. As the nutrients are depleted, the roots, being so concentrated in one spot, might start to die off.
Simply plant your trees into the soil that is already there; you don't need to add any nutrients when you first plant them. Your soil has nutrients and the roots will extend naturally.
Use Wood Stakes to Keep Them Straight
A challenge with young trees is that their trunks are not as strong as they will be one day. As a result, they might bend in the wind or start to lean to one side. To help your young trees grow vertically, you might consider tying them to wood stakes with ropes. Simply hammer the wood stakes into the soil nearby; it's a good idea to put one wood stake on each side of each tree.
Use Mulch and Burlap in the Fall
If you are planting your trees in the fall, it's wise to ensure that the soil around the base of your trees is covered with mulch so that the soil can retain some warmth instead of freezing, which would make it difficult for roots to continue to grow.
You might also choose to loosely wrap the small trunks of your young trees with burlap to protect them from early snowstorms or frosts.
Helping your young trees thrive can be an easier process when you make use of all the information laid out above. If you have questions or start to see signs of a problem, contact a local tree and shrub planting service that can help you care for your new trees.