The other day, I planted a few new Crabapple trees. I watered them and they looked great. Then it rained and they still looked great. I got home today and they looked a little droopy. Hmmm.
I know you are supposed to water new trees every few days. Time flies by these days, so I may have been derelict in my duties. When I planted the trees, it was like digging in dust. The dirt around here dries out very quickly. I don’t think there are nearly enough organics to hold any moisture. Some parts of the lawn are fine, with the soil being nice and black, but anything near any pine trees are very dry.
When I see any of the trees getting like this, I immediately water them. They usually perk right up. That’s what I expect to happen here. This whole thing got me thinking…what am I missing here? If the trees had a constant flow of moisture, they would get more of the nutrients they need to grow, along with the water they need. I always notice that a few days after it rains, I see new growth.
I just did a Google search on, “mulch helps trees grow faster” and found a few good sites that talks about the benefits of mulch. I liked these the best…
All three of these websites do a great job of explaining why it is so important to place mulch around a newly planted tree. I especially like this line…“A tree growing in grass will be only a third as high as one mulched or away from grass after three or four years!”
Some of my trees are taking off nicely while some are kind of just sitting there. One Maple has about doubled in size, just this Summer, yet the other Maples seemingly haven’t grown at all.
As I have learned, mulch is valuable because it keeps the water where it is supposed to be. It is far easier to get the water to the roots when there are two to four inches of mulch spread around the base of the tree (without touching the trunk). When I was just outside watering the trees, some of the water just rolled off the hard dirt.
Needless to say, I just left a message for our local mulch dude. Hopefully, Saturday I will be receiving ten more yards of the fluffy gold.