After you've planted
Now That It's Your Tree
The key to growing healthy and beautiful trees is directly related to the amount of care your newly-planted trees receive. Although caring for your trees does require scheduled attention by you, it is not difficult or demanding work. Please take care of your trees so that they may provide years of shade and beauty. Learn more about watering and mulching.
Tree Survival Tips
Check soil moisture for newly planted trees. Do not be fooled by surface soil conditions: check the soil 4 to 6 inches deep. The soil should be moist, not soggy.
If you carefully followed our planting instructions, your tree's root crown (where trunk meets the roots) should be 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches above ground level. Trees can sometimes sink after a good rain or overwatering, be sure to watch to make sure your tree's root crown does not sink below ground level where it can suffocate.
If the tree has sunk into the ground, lift the tree out of the soil and replant it above ground level.
Be sure that you have properly staked the tree to allow for slight movement of the trunk to encourage strong and straight growth. Learn more about staking.