Care for a Tree

How to Care for Your Tree
Preventing a problem is much less costly and time-consuming than trying to fix a problem once it has developed. Caring for your new tree includes:
  • Checking for pests and diseases
  • Mulching
  • Protecting it from physical damage
  • Pruning
  • Watering
  • Weeding
Examples of Tree Care
  • Your new tree will need a different amount of water than a mature tree (many newly planted trees are often killed from too much water) and watered in the right places, for at least the first 2 to 3 years.
  • New trees also benefit from removing grass beneath their canopy. This can increase your tree’s health more than anything else as it:
    • Eliminates the need for mowing
    • Reduces soil compaction
    • Allows more water and nutrients to get to the tree’s roots
Tree Care Resources
For more information on watering, weeding, fertilizing, mulching and other good maintenance practices, visit the following:
For more information on competition between trees and grass, see the Trees Are Good webpage.