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Caring for a newly planted tree

Posted by treetoronto 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 29, 13 at 17:51

Hi there! My city has just planted (october 28) a balled and burlapped London Plane tree in front of my house. It is about 12-15 feet. What do I need to do to ensure its health? They left me a note to put a handful of 7-7-7 or 10-10-10 fertilizer in the spring but that is about it... They staked the tree and will remove the stakes in 1 year. Should I water it before the winter? When should I start watering it again in the spring? (I am in Toronto, Canada - zone 5). There is a irrigation system that waters the area the tree is in but the system has been blown out for the winter already. Should I water it on top of the sprinkers? Thanks in advance!

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RE: Caring for a newly planted tree

review link ... especially regarding watering

skip the fertilizer ...

and check for proper planting depth ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Caring for a newly planted tree

Thanks, I'll skip the fertilizer. I have a lot of trees, never fertilized and they are all very happy and healthy! It was planted correctly. I can see that flare. But what about watering now? and in the spring? When should I start and finish?

RE: Caring for a newly planted tree

  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 29, 13 at 21:00

Stick your finger in the rootball. If its moist or damp, walk away.

If its feels some what dry or you can't push through the soil then its time to water. If the later you can use a screwdriver to create holes in the root ball. Go slowly as you don't want to damage any of the main roots.

This is the only universal advice anyone can provide. Your soil and its ability to drain and or retain moisture is unique to that SPECIFIC spot in your yard.

Be especially careful not to overwater. More trees die because of this than lack of water. Evaporation is tampered quite a bit during cooler temps fall through spring. Summer is where you need to be more diligent if mother nature doesn't provide adequate moisture.

I usually don't have to water October through May even if its a new planting. Anything I planted in October got one watering at planting. Unless I don't get any rain over the next several weeks I'll give it another watering before the soil freezes.

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