Monday, April 23, 2012

Newly Planted Tree Care

Now that Arbor Day 2012 has come and gone, it is time to take great care of that new tree you just planted.  It is easier to successfully establish smaller trees than larger trees. Regardless of size, newly planted trees experience a period of transplant shock during which they are highly vulnerable to stress. Through proper planting and regular early care directed at rapid root development, the period of transplant shock can be shortened and the probability of survival greatly increased.

Unfortunately, many of these trees, perhaps 50 percent or more, do not survive beyond one or two years. There are many factors that contribute to this, but there are many steps you can take to keep your newly planted tree as healthy as possible.  

Most newly planted trees are subject to stress-related problems due to tremendous root loss when dug at the nursery. This condition, commonly called transplant shock, results in increased vulnerability to drought, insects, diseases and other problems. To a greater or lesser degree, transplant shock lasts until the natural balance between the root system and the top or crown of the transplanted tree is restored. Of those newly planted trees that do not survive, most die during this root-establishment period. A tree’s chance of survival can be drastically improved through practices that favor establishment of the root system. This involves regular care during the first three years following transplanting.

One of the easiest things you can do is provide your tree with sufficient mulch.  Mulching a large area around newly planted trees with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips or bark conserves soil moisture and moderates soil temperatures. Mulch also inhibits the growth of grass. Grass roots can present serious competition to the fine absorbing root system of trees, since they all grow in the top four to six inches of soil.

If you are in need of mulch, Organic Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Trees "R" Us, Inc. has a huge mulch sale going on right now.  All single processed (premium) mulch is on sale for $20/yard.  Double processed (super premium) is just $25/yard.  These are unbeatable prices!  The mulch varieties are outlined on our website:  Organic Solutions offers delivery at reasonable prices and services Chicago's North Shore area and all the surrounding suburbs.  Get your newly planted trees started out right and don't miss out on this unbelievable sale!  Give us a call at {847} 366-8869 to place your order today!  The sale only lasts as long as the mulch!

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