Caring for Your Newly Planted Tree


It Is Important to Get Your New Tree Off to a Good Start.

Just follow These Easy Steps to get started toward of lifetime of energy savings… and other great benefits including cleaner air, cooler temperatures, attracting birds, aesthetic appeal and a more sustainable neighborhood.

Thanks for helping to Regreen Springfield… One Tree at a Time!


Step One – Water Your Tree

Newly planted trees – those that have been in the ground less than two years – require 25 gallons of water, approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall, per week to survive.  Failing to do so can result in your tree not reaching its full potential size, as well as making it vulnerable to pests and disease or death. During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees need your help. Click Here for more details on proper watering techniques, including how to determine how much water, when to water and simple tools that can help make your irrigation work a bit easier.

Step Two: Mulch Each Year

Mulch each season to keep the soil moist and to control weeds naturally.

When mulching:
• Use shredded bark or leaf compost.
• Apply using the 3-3-3 Rule: 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring with a 
3-inch space around the tree trunk.
• Avoid volcano mulching (mulching too high up the trunk of the tree}. Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.

Step Three: Avoid Weed Whacker and Lawnmower Injury

Avoid damaging the trunk of the tree by staying away from the tree when using week whackers and lawn mowers. Mechanical injury to the trunk will often lead to infestation by insects or disease, causing long-term problems for your tree.


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