Arborist tips for new planting ornamental trees
Aarborist Tips. new tree should be regarded as a lifetime investment. How well the investment grows depends on the type of tree, the choice of location for planting, the care provided when the tree is before planting, and the follow-up care the tree receives after planting.Ornamental Trees The best time to plant trees is during the dormant seasons; early spring before bud break or in the fall after leaf drop. During this period, the weather conditions are cool; these allow plants to establish roots in the new site before summer heat and spring rains stimulate new top growth. However, trees given adequate nursery care and proper management during transportation can be planted throughout the growing season. Appropriate management during planting is essential to ensure a smooth growth for trees. It is important to understand that new trees with burlap have their root system reduced by 90% of its original size during processing. As a result, trees typically experience “transplant shock” when transplanted; these can lead to leaf drop, slow growth and reduced vigor after planting. Proper site preparation and good follow-up care will determine whether the tree will establish quickly in its new location. Following the steps below will significantly reduce the stress on plant at the time of planting;
Dig a shallow, wide planting hole
The planting hole should be three times wider than the diameter of the root ball but not deeper than the root ball. These will allow the new root to penetrate easily into the soil and thereby hasten it establishment. Also, the hole should not dig deeper than the depth of the root ball as this tree will have difficulty developing due to a lack of oxygen.
Make trunk flare visible
The trunk flare is the region where the roots spread at the base of the tree and should be visible after planting. If the trunk flare is not visible, you should remove some soil from the top of the root ball and locate it; it is better to plant trees a little higher above the base of trunk flare than too deep.
Place the tree at the proper height
Ensure twines, nylon, and burlap is removed before placing the tree into the hole. Check the hole to see whether it has been dug to the proper depth before placing the tree in the hole. It is always advised to lift the tree by the root ball and not by the trunk to prevent damage. It is also important to straighten the tree after placing in the hole.
Fill the hole gently but firmly
Fill the hole gently but firmly with the soil around the base of the root ball. Take care to firmly pack soil to eliminate air pockets that may make root penetration difficult. Water and mulch the base of the tree, also do not apply fertilizer at the time of planting.
These primarily involve watering. Keep the soil moist but not soaked; do not allow the root to dry out. Trees should be watered one to three times per week depending on rainfall, temperature and the soil condition. Watering should continue until mid-fall till temperature decreases.
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