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How to care for young trees

Planting young trees is such a rewarding experience. They are beneficial in many ways, from cleaning the air and creating habitats for animal species to enhancing spaces. 

We encourage everyone to plant trees. It is an excellent activity for families, new homeowners and business companies. 

Before getting started, consider these steps when researching for young trees to plant on your property or commercial property. You may find that it can be a long process; however, your time and effort will be well worth it in the long run. 

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What are your goals?

Why are you planting a tree? Is it for privacy, shade, looks? Or is it to define the property boundary or for windbreak purposes? When you have defined your goals, you will determine what tree is the right fit for you.

Selecting good high-quality stock

Get good quality trees from the start from reputable suppliers like Wairere Nursery in Gordonton, New Zealand. Choose suitable tree species for New Zealand climate, soil and growing conditions. Based on the New Zealand hardiness zone, you can identify where plant species will grow best and survive. When purchasing a tree from a nursery, look for good structure and pay attention to the roots.

Choosing a suitable space for your tree

Now that you have a better idea of your goals and what species to plant consider choosing the right space for your tree on your property. Examine the height, the soil quality, the sun exposure, the size of the area, the underground utility lines and more. 

If you decide to plant close to powerlines, this may require more maintenance over time. We have encountered many homeowners with damaged driveways because of tree roots, so consider planting in an appropriate area.

Watering

Water is vital for the survival of all plants. For example, water helps the roots establish in the soil. However, too much water can harm the tree. Therefore, if you aim to plant many trees and save time, we recommend setting up a water irrigation system.  

Mulch

Mulching is beneficial for the growth of young trees. It maintains the moisture, which means you don’t have to water all the time and improves the condition of the soil. But, like water, too much mulch can harm the trees. So, make sure you adequately apply the appropriate quantity of mulch. 

Early Formative Pruning

Formative pruning is the action of shaping a tree when it’s young. By removing the weaker or damaged branches, the tree can mature in good health and character. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning course while young will require very little corrective pruning when they develop. 

Ongoing care and maintenance

Be on the lookout for any pests or diseases as the tree matures. Symptoms include damaged leaves, dead branches, holes in the trunk and more. 

Regular tree pruning and trimming are necessary as the tree matures. Contact us for advice and maintenance. We will ensure the tree is pruned as needed and done safely. 

We hope these steps will help you get started. And remember, be patient! 

Get in touch with our team today for your tree care. 



 

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