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Water, Mulch and Fertilizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watering

Newly planted trees should be watered at the time of planting. I often recommend filling the hole with water first which and watching to ensure adequate drainage and to saturate the surrounding soil during dry spells. In addition, during the first growing season, they should be watered at least once a week in the absence of rain, more often during the height of the summer. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this may result in oxygen deprivation.

If you are uncertain as to whether a tree needs watering, dig down 6-8 inches at the edge of the planting hole. If the soil at that depth feels powdery or crumbly, the tree needs water. Adequately moistened soil should form a ball when squeezed,

Regular deep soakings are better than frequent light wettings. Moisture should reach a depth of 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface to encourage ideal root growth.

Mulching

To conserve moisture and promote water and air penetration, the back filled soil surrounding newly-planted trees can be covered with mulch consisting of material such as bark, wood chips, grass clippings, straw or pine needles (although the acidity associated with pine needles is not suited for many plants). Mulch depth should be between 3 to 4 inches. Do not, under any circumstances, cover the area surrounding the tree with plastic sheeting since air and water movement are prevented. Porous landscape fabric can be used since it freely allows water and air penetration.

Fertilizer

 Although many trees survive without fertilizer at time of planting, the majority of plants suffer root loss and stress associated with movement between ideal nursery grown conditions and the final planting. Planting with compost mixed in with most Colorado native soil acts as a soil conditioner for both clay and sandy soil and provides needed nutrients , Chemical fertilizers are also an option as well as rooting hormones.  See More 

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