Here are some guidelines to follow when caring for your tree after it has been installed:
A general rule in watering a newly installed tree is five gallons of water for each inch of diameter. Your tree was installed with a brim or levee around the ball. This levee was sized specifically for your tree. Fill the inside levee with water every seven days. However, depending on the soil where the tree is installed, this may not be the case. Soil with clay, or trees installed downhill, will not need as much water. Sprinklers are not recommended because there is no way of knowing the amount of water that is going to the root ball of your tree.
Six weeks after the planting of your tree, give it a second application of root stimulator (18 oz. per 5 gallons of water). Six weeks following the root stimulator application, apply 1 lb. of osmocote for each inch of diameter inside the brim. In March of the following year, repeat the osmocote application.
If properly cared for, your tree will be a part of your landscape for many years to come.
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