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How to Ensure Your Newly Planted Trees Survive and Thrive


Mar 31, 2023


Planting trees is a great way to improve the environment and add beauty to your property. 


However, it’s essential to plant them properly to ensure their survival. To ensure the survival and thriving of your newly planted trees, you need to take some crucial steps. These steps will help provide the right growing conditions and care your trees need.


Following a few simple steps can help your newly planted trees thrive for years.


Choose the right tree for your location and climate.


Before you start planting, choosing the right tree for your location and climate is essential. Consider factors such as soil type, sun exposure, and average temperature and rainfall. You can consult a local nursery or arborist to determine which trees are best suited for your area. Choosing the right tree will increase its chances of survival and growth.


Different types of trees thrive in specific climates due to their ability to adapt to the conditions of that particular environment. 


Here are some examples of trees that thrive in certain climates:


  • Tropical climates: Trees like banana, coconut, and palm trees are well-suited to tropical climates due to their ability to tolerate high temperatures and humidity.
  • Temperate climates: Temperate climates host trees such as oak, maple, and birch, commonly due to their ability to endure cold winters and hot summers.
  • Desert climates: Trees like mesquite trees and Joshua trees have adapted to survive in desert climates with their ability to conserve water and withstand extreme temperatures.
  • Mediterranean climates: Trees like olive and citrus trees are well-suited to Mediterranean climates due to their ability to withstand hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.


Trees that are native to a particular region thrive better in that climate compared to trees introduced from other areas. Additionally, factors like soil type, water availability, and sun exposure also play a role in determining which types of trees will thrive in a particular climate.


Prepare the planting site properly.


Once you have chosen the right tree for your location, properly preparing the planting site is essential. Preparing the planting site is crucial for a new tree’s growth and development. 


Here are some steps to follow:

  • Clear the area of any weeds, grass, or debris to provide a clean and safe environment for the tree.
  • Dig a hole two to three times wider than the tree’s root ball and just as deep to ensure the roots have enough space to spread out and anchor the tree firmly in the ground.
  • Ensure the hole is shallow enough, as this can affect the tree’s growth. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground.
  • Finally, add some compost or other organic matter to the soil to improve its fertility and drainage, providing the tree with the necessary nutrients and water to thrive.


Plant the tree correctly.


Planting a tree following these steps is crucial to its survival and growth. Make sure the hole is the right size and depth for the tree’s root ball, and add some compost or organic matter to the soil to improve its quality. 


  • Improve the soil: mix some compost or organic matter with the excavated soil to enrich its nutrients and structure.
  • Position the tree: center it in the hole, and make sure it’s straight and at the correct depth. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface.
  • Backfill the hole: gently fill the space around the root ball with the amended soil, tamping it lightly to remove air pockets.


Finally, water the tree thoroughly and add a layer of mulch around the base to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.


Water the tree regularly and deeply

After planting your tree, it’s essential to water it regularly and thoroughly. Watering your tree is especially important during the first year after planting, as it is still establishing its root system. 


Water the tree deeply once a week, providing enough water to soak the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. Avoid frequent shallow watering, leading to external root growth and a weaker tree. 


Keep an eye on the weather and adjust your watering schedule as needed, providing more water during hot, dry periods and less during periods of heavy rain.


Mulch and fertilize the tree as needed.


In addition to regular watering, mulching and fertilizing your newly planted tree can also help it thrive. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded leaves, around the tree’s base, being careful not to pile it up against the trunk. Mulch will help retain moisture in the soil and regulate soil temperature. 


As for fertilization, it’s best to wait until the second year after planting to apply any fertilizer. 


When fertilizing, use a slow-release fertilizer formulated explicitly for trees and follow the instructions carefully. 


Over-fertilizing can harm the tree, so using the right amount is essential.


Prune your tree regularly.


Prune your tree regularly to encourage strong and healthy growth. Remove any damaged or diseased branches and shape the tree as it grows. Pruning your tree will help ensure your tree grows into a healthy and attractive specimen.


By taking these essential steps, you can ensure that your newly planted trees survive and thrive. Remember to prepare the planting site, plant at the proper depth, water regularly, mulch around your tree, and prune it regularly. With these steps, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of healthy trees for years to come.


Contact Strobert Tree Services


Strobert Tree Services is a professional tree care company that provides a wide range of services to residential and commercial clients in Wilmington, DE. Our team of certified arborists and tree care specialists dedicates themselves to providing the highest quality tree care services, which include tree removal, pruning, stump grinding, and emergency tree services.


Contact Strobert Tree Services today to speak with our expert on native trees and soil in Delaware. Our team is well-versed in the region’s unique flora and dirt characteristics. It is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers. Trust us to help you make informed decisions about the care and maintenance of your property’s trees. 


Contact us today for advice or to schedule a consultation.


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