Similar to new countertops or newly laid floors, new landscaping is a valuable investment to your home.
Help protect your investment by taking the time to read over our new trees and plants tips to keep your new additions healthy.
WATERING NEW TREES & SHRUBS
+ Newly planted trees – those that have been in the ground less than two years – require 25 gallons of water, approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall, per week to survive. During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees need your help.
+ How much water your tree should receive depends upon the tree size. A general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for each watering. Measure trunk diameter at knee height.
+ General formula: Tree Diameter (in inches) x 5 minutes = Total Watering Time
+ Watering Newly Planted Trees: For new trees, water immediately after you plant a tree.
+ Water plants as soon as you get them in the ground. Allow the water to soak in, then water again until the soil is thoroughly moistened
+ Water plants daily or every other day for the first week. Recently planted roots will absorb moisture from a small area until they begin to grow.
IS MY TREE DEAD?
+ Using your fingertip or a pocket knife, scratch one of the tree’s twigs. If it’s moist and green underneath, your tree’s alive! Is it brown and brittle?
Take a few more steps to inspect the tree.
+ Scratch a couple more twigs to see if any are fresh green underneath.
+ See if there are mushrooms or other fungi growing at the tree’s base.
+ Check the trunk for peeling bark, cracks or splits.
+ Look up into the canopy for hanging branches, deformed leaves or missing leaves.
Taken together, these signs point to a dead tree. If your tree failed the scratch test and you see one or more of these signs, give us a call to inspect the tree.