Add 3 inches of mulch to the newly planted tree area keeping the mulch away from the trunk so it can breathe.
If staking is necessary to keep the tree straight, pad the wires so they don’t damage the trunk.
Establish a regular slow, deep-watering schedule for the newly planted tree. Provide one inch a week if it doesn’t rain. It takes about one-and-a-half years of supplemental water before a tree can survive on rainfall only. Even after that time, once-a-month watering will help a tree survive drought or extreme heat.
Remember to water in the fall and winter – dormant trees still need water.
For more information on trees, contact the County Extension Office at 940-659-1228.