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New Tree Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do plant the tree at the right depth, with the top of the root ball as high or slightly higher than surrounding soil.
  • Do eliminate competition from lawn by clearing the grass out a minimum of 18″ (more is better) from the trunk and keeping the cleared area mulched.
  • Don’t “volcano mulch” the trunk of your new tree, 2″ of mulch over the roots and 1″ or less touching the trunk.
  • Don’t let a string trimmer get close enough to strip off the bark of your new tree.
  • Don’t use “weed-and-feed” fertilizer near your new tree.
  • Don’t excessively prune all lower growth off your new tree thinking it will make your tree grow up faster; it will actually slow growth of roots, trunk diameter, and height.
  • Do check watering frequently through the first summer and water as


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