When planting a tree, remember Right Tree, Right Place. Factor in decades of growth when you site your tree. Imagine its mature width and height.
When planting trees, be sure the tree will have enough space to grow strong roots.
The bulk of tree roots grow in a wide shallow circle about a foot deep, radiating out to what is known as the drip line of its farthest branches.
The roots need to be near the surface to get oxygen and water.
Tree trunks flare and widen where they engage with the earth. Trees thrive only when their trunk flares are properly aligned with the ground.
Many a healthy tree has been slowly killed because its flare is buried, causing its roots to be too deep to get sufficient oxygen and water.
Young trees need a regular supply of water. For the first three years, trees need about 20 gallons a week.
Mulching helps preserve moisture and decomposes to enrich the soil. But mulch should not engulf the tree trunk – it can introduce infection or bugs.
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