When most homeowners think of their yard care responsibilities, they typically think of mulching, mowing, watering, and planting flowers. It is really not that often that people think about taking care of their trees. While trees are generally easy to maintain, with little-to-no maintenance required, there are some trees that you have to care for as you would a houseplant or a flowering bush — and of course, we are talking about young trees. 

Like any plant, trees take time to become established — meaning that you might have to care for your younger trees for some time before you can go back to moving and watering the yard once a week. As a local tree arborist, here in the Tacoma area, we thought that we might discuss the extent and longevity of caring for young trees. So keep reading to learn how to keep your young trees growing healthy!

After Planting: Year 1

When you plant one or more young trees in your yard, it is important that you monitor them. Like most other living things, trees are susceptible to shock and can take some time to adjust to their new environment. Because of this, it is best to let the tree sit for three to four days after planting it instead of immediately beginning to prune, water, and adjust it. 

  • Three Days After Planting – Fill the small basin around the tree with 15-20 gallons of water three separate times. It is important to use enough water so that it seeps deep into the root system. 
  • For the Next Four Weeks – After the initial watering, you want to water the tree once a week using 5-10 gallons of water. This will keep the newly developing roots from drying out. 
  • For The Rest Of The First Year – Now that the young tree is starting to become established, you can roll back your watering schedule to 10-15 gallons every other week. 

Year 2

Now that your young tree has been in the ground for over a year and has survived through the four seasons, it is time to shift to a responsive watering schedule rather than a proactive one. Now, it is only necessary for you to water the tree in times of drought — giving the tree 1-20 gallons of water every two to four weeks. 

Years 3-5

Now that your young tree is healthy and established, you just want to give it more water for purposes of growth. Consider watering your tree once a month with up to 20 gallons of water. As the tree nears the five-year mark of it being in the ground, you can begin to experiment with the intervals that you choose to water it — only watering it extensively when it shows signs of stress.  

Have More Questions? Contact Us Today!

At Apex Tree Experts, we love trees. So if you have questions about how you can provide better care to your younger, developing trees, we would be happy to help. Additionally, if you don’t have the time to take care of your young trees, you can always contact us to schedule a tree care treatment!

So what are you waiting for? Contact us to get a free quote today!