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How to care for your young Denver tree


July 10, 2019

So you’ve planted a tree - now what? Trees are quite the investment, and there is nothing more crucial for your Denver landscape then healthy trees. Once you plant your young tree, there are a few things you will need to remember for the first year of your tree’s life. Check out our XX tips for caring for your young tree, and remember you can always reach out to your local Denver landscaping for additional assistance or if you have questions.

Watering
Watering is going to be a little complicated for the first year of your tree’s life. There are a few things you need to keep an eye on, and remember, when it comes to watering: 
Deep watering: When you water the tree, you’ll need to practice deep watering. Deep watering is when you soak the roots of your tree - meaning you’ll need to water at least 6-8 inches underneath the soil (completely drenching the roots).
Monitor moisture: At least once a week check the soil’s moisture levels underneath the surface. The soil should be moist, but not wet. 
Stress: If your tree starts to wilt at all, you’ll want to take extra care to make sure you are watering enough, but not over watering. Signs of wilting includes leaves changing to a yellowish-brown, or curling.
Mulch: If you are struggling to keep your tree properly moisturized, mulch can help keep the soil and surrounding area moist. 

For the first year after planting your tree, you will need to follow a pretty strict watering routine. While it might get adjusted slightly per tree, overall we tend to recommend the following:
  • Three days after planting: You’ll need to make sure the tree gets 15-20 gallons of water within the first three days
  • Three weeks post-plant: Make sure the tree gets 5-10 gallons of water weekly
  • Six months post-plant: The tree needs 10-15 gallons every other week
  • For the remainder of the year, make sure the roots aren’t soaked, but that they remain moist

Additional Care
Water is going to be the most important part of the early care stages, but you’ll need to pay attention to a few other things. Make sure you also…
Weeds: Keep weeds away from the base of the tree - the weeds will compete with the tree for nutrients and water
Chemicals: Don’t use any herbicides or pesticides in the first year of growth 
Lawn Equipment: Avoid using any lawn equipment that can harm the tree around the tree

We wish you the best of luck with all of your tree care! Contact Wild Irishman today if you need any additional assistance or have questions - we are here to give you A+ service, and help you create the beautiful yard of your dreams. From landscaping design, water service, maintenance and paving - we have all the services you need to achieve your perfect lawn. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote!