Watering – This is the number one reason for plant loss.
Too much water may be as harmful to your new tree as too little water. Do not over-water or leave the soil saturated for a long period of time. One inch of water/rain per week for newly planted trees is the general rule. To determine actual moisture content, dig four to eight inches into the soil close to the root mass with a trowel or shovel. If the soil is dry at this depth, it is time to irrigate! A general guideline is 3 waterings for the first week, 2 the second week, then once every week after that through the first year (excluding winter). Some deciduous shrubs may require additional watering. Please consult our garden centers for specifics.