If you’ve ever planted a new tree or if you have a young tree that isn’t yet mature, you may have some questions. Water, fertilizer and maintenance are the main issues to consider for young trees, but rest assured it’s fairly easy to help them grow into healthy mature trees that benefit you and your landscape.
Fertilizing young trees is required annually from the time they are transplanted until they become established or reach a desirable size. Fertilizer is best applied between early spring and late July while the plants are actively growing, and again in early Winter. We offer two liquid deep root fertilizations for trees and shrubs, the first in March and the second in December, either of which will be beneficial for the plants in your landscape. If you would like to do it yourself you can apply a granular fertilizer around the roots inside the canopy of the tree. For shrubs, you can apply the fertilizer around the roots.
A grass-free circle three to four feet wide should be maintained around a young tree for at least three years. This will ensure that the tree roots are not required to compete with turf roots for moisture and nutrients. This also keep weed-eaters away from damaging the lower trunk at the base, which is a leading cause of tree death. Watering new or young trees is paramount. Make sure to supplement watering especially during the heat of the summer as the lawn sprinkler is not going to supply enough moisture to the roots of the tree, and in most cases is only enough for the turf’s roots. We recommend a soaker hose placed around the roots of the canopy of the tree and allow it to soak for several hours each time. The amount of water required will depend on the temperatures and rainfall amounts.
Fall is also a great time to plant new trees in your landscape. With planting now in fall, the root system will be able to become somewhat more established before the stress of our Oklahoma summer hits.