Thoroughly water your tree right after you are planting it. Watering your tree regularly will help stabilize the soil and mulch, and give the roots the moisture they need to begin growing. Do not soak the soil surrounding your flower. Sprinkling it with a gardening hose would give it enough water for 30 seconds. Keep the soil moist if your tree is less than 2 years. Water your tree with a garden hose for about 30 seconds, any time the soil appears dry. Young trees need plenty of water to develop their roots in the soil. But don’t water your tree over, or you can cause root rot. The soil should be moist rather than soaking moist.

Getting Started

• Insert 2 inches (5.1 cm) of garden trowel into the soil and take it out to test whether the soil is moist enough. Place your finger in the hole to see if the soil feels moist. If this is not the case, your tree needs watering

Once it is older than 2 years, cut back on watering your tree. The roots on your tree should be developed after 2 years, and it won’t take as much water to grow. Unless you live in a normal rainfall area, you won’t have to worry about watering your tree, unless it’s a plant that needs a lot of water. If you live in a dry environment you may need to water your tree regularly to keep it safe.

Clearing the Area

Clear any grass around your tree within a distance of 3–10 feet (0.91–3.05 m). The exact size of the area that you will clear is based on how big your tree is. Clear a smaller area for a smaller tree, and clear a growing area for a larger tree. To clear the lawn using a rake or tiller. All year round cut dead branches from your tree. Routine pruning off dead branches keeps the tree safe. Dead branches are going to be leafless, and their bark may fall off. Leave a ring of 3 inches (7.6 cm) between a trunk and a mulch. It stops the tree from being smothered at the mulch. The trunk flare should not be protected with mulch. Avoid unnecessary pruning while the tree is younger than 3 years.

Feed Your Tree

For their first few years, you want your tree to have as much leaf space as possible so it can get more nutrients and grow strong roots. Just prune out dead or broken branches within the first 3 years of the life of your tree. Start pruning your tree every year after it is above 3 years. In the winter, consider pruning your tree to promote growth. Once a year, unnecessary or unwanted branches from your tree are pruned so there is less competition for water and nutrients. Once your tree begins to develop shape, cut back branches that extend out of the shape lines you want.