Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Summer Care

The season to regularly water your trees

June, July, August

  • Water deeply twice a week by setting your hose on a slow trickle for three hours at the base of the tree or use a soaker hose around the tree.
  • Remove weeds and add mulch. Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Do not use a weed trimmer or a lawn mower near the base of your young trees. They can injure and even kill your tree.
  • Check the stakes and ties. If your tree can stand on its own, remove them. If they are still needed, be sure the stakes are firmly in the ground and placed away from the trunk. Make sure the ties are wrapped loosely around the tree and tied firmly to the stake to allow the tree to move.
  • Delay major pruning until winter. Remove dead, broken, or crossing branches, and root suckers, growing up from the base of the tree anytime.