How to Care for a Transplanted Tree

August 22, 2018 8:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When a tree is moved from one spot to another, it can lose up to 90 percent of its root system. Obviously, that puts a tree at serious risk of dying, whether it is a sapling or a large, well-established tree. In our experience as a tree service in Newton, MA, we’ve seen what can go wrong when a tree gets moved, so we have some tips on how to give your tree the best shot at surviving, and thriving, after the move:

  • Water: Your transplanted tree hasn’t had a chance to grow its roots deep into the soil, meaning it needs more water to encourage growth and strength. How much water your newly transplanted tree needs depends on your soil type and the amount of rainfall in your area, so you may want to consult your local tree cutting service in Newton, MA for advice. However, one inch of water per week through summer and fall is a good rule of thumb.
  • Mulch: Think of mulch as an extended-release form of fertilizer. That means it slowly breaks down, continuously giving your transplanted tree the nutrients it needs to stay strong. After transplanting your tree, be sure to spread a 3- or 4-inch layer of organic mulch all around the base of the stump, so it has a nice long-term source of nutrients.
  • Fertilization: You might think that right after transplanting your new tree, you ought to add fertilizer into the mix. However, adding fertilizer too soon after transplantation can actually have a negative effect, because your tree’s root system needs time to establish itself in the ground. Once your new tree has been in the ground a couple years and is more strong and firm, you can add fertilizer.
  • Pruning: For the first year after transplantation, the only pruning you should do to your tree should be removing branches that are broken, dead or rubbing together. After that, feel free to remove branches to help shape your tree. Pruning stimulates growth, so be sure to prune where you want growth, and aim to keep the inherent shape of the tree intact.
  • Support: Depending on the size of your tree, and how windy your area is, it might be a good idea to provide support for your tree during the first year or two after transplantation. However, you need to make sure the stakes aren’t too constricting, as the stump needs some slack to develop a natural flare at the base. Check the staking every once in a while to make sure it doesn’t have too much wear and tear—or ask your tree service in Newton, MA to do that for you.

As a tree cutting service in Newton, MA with over 15 years of experience, BBD Tree Service can give you the tools you need to make sure your transplanted tree makes it through the transitional period. With the right amount of care, patience and know-how, there is no reason why your newly transplanted tree can’t grow and thrive. Get in touch today for more information.

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