Planting a young tree can be the beginning of a lifelong relationship, therefore planting young trees require extra love and care.
They are especially vulnerable to the elements and predators, so it is essential that you learn the fundamentals of young tree care so they continue to grow. The first three years are especially important when it comes to tree loss, because the root system grows from the root ball into the new ground.
Fundamentals of Young Tree Care
First, it is important to know what the most common troubles are and how to avoid them.
The best advice for planting is to do it right where the trunk begins and flare the root. You can mow and trim around your young tree, but keep in mind that they should not touch the bark. If you accidentally tear the bark, you can cause diseases and stunt growth in young trees.
A protector like plastic or hardware cloth can also prevent cats and other animals from scratching the bark, which may be harmful too. Deer antlers can destroy a tree by rubbing and munching. To prevent this, you should keep a circle of fencing around a tree for three or four years.
Be careful not to over water the young tree and don’t prune aggressively. When watering, do it both to the original root ball and the soil around it. Watering depends on the weather and moisture of the soil, and it should occur one to two times per week during dry periods.
Correct pruning cut is also very important. An improper cut can cause your young tree to die so, if you are not sure how to do this, you should not risk the life of a young tree, but call a professional instead.
Helping your tree form a strong structure while it’s young is also very important.
The strongest branches are at 60 to 90 degree angle from the trunk, but the biggest chances for weakness have the branches that are at a 30 degree angle to the trunk or less. You need to know how to make a strong structure so your tree stays balanced and healthy.
Also, by removing crowded branches you can prevent storm damage. It is advised that you do this when the branches are small, but you should never remove more than a third of them.
Do not forget that properly apply mulch conserves moisture in soil but also provides a helps to the roots. To protect the roots, do not put mulch in contact with the trunk of the tree.
Finally, don’t forget about the pest management. It is highly important for young trees that they don’t lose many leaves or branches to pests.
Some of this advice can surely come in handy, but if you’d like help from the experts. However, if you don’t know much about gardening or trees, leave tree management to the professionals. Call Reliable Tree Service at (814) 693-TREE or through our contact us page to get an estimate today.