I recently planted several trees and thought it might be a good time of the year to pass along pointers about how to plant and keep your trees healthy. First and foremost you need to make sure that your tree has enough water. Once a week, the tree needs deep root watering. If rain is sparse as it has been in the Southeast, be sure to use your hose to water the tree and try to reach the entire root area. Another good tip is to give the roots air, water and open space by keeping foot and other types of traffic off the soil above the roots. Too much traffic will collapse the open spaces in the soil and block good flow of air and water.
New trees do well with mulch. Place a three-inch layer of wood chips over the planting site. This will help prevent weeds from invading the soil and will eliminate the need to mow closely to the new tree. A new trees bark should be protected. If you scrape or cut the trees bark, it opens the trunk to insects.
Finally, remember to keep the soil clean around the tree. Some weed killers and excess fertilizer can harm tree roots.
Let the water flow. Good luck.
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