The highest tree loss rates in a landscape are within the first three years of planting while the root system grows from the root ball into your soil. Many of these losses are preventable with the proper care of newly transplanted, young trees.

Applying water at the right time, and in the right way, is the first step. Water should be applied to both the original root ball and surrounding soil. This should occur one to two times per week during dry periods, depending on the weather and soil moisture levels.

Properly applied mulch will conserve soil moisture and provide a better environment for roots to grow in. Mulch should never be in contact with the trunk of the tree.

Pest management is also important for young trees since they cannot afford to lose many of their leaves or branches to pests. Fertilization can help in establishing healthy growth and is a cost-effective way to help turn small plants into larger ones!

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