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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Planting a Tree

Trees can be a beautiful and valuable addition to any yard, offering privacy, shade, and height. However, planting a tree is not as simple as digging a hole and placing the tree inside it. To ensure the tree thrives, it must be planted properly. In this month's blog, we'll be going over some of the most common mistakes when planting a tree, and how to avoid them.

Planting the Tree Too Deep

One of the most common mistakes when planting a tree is planting it too deeply. When the tree is planted too deep, it becomes susceptible to disease, fungus, and bark rot, which can cause it to die within 3-5 years. To prevent this, make sure to place the top of the root ball even or slightly above ground level.

Over or Underwatering the Tree

Another common mistake is over or underwatering the tree. Different trees have different water requirements, so make sure you are aware of the tree's needs. Most trees need supplemental water, especially in Santa Fe where the climate is dry. Make sure to water the tree regularly, but not too much or too little. Also, make sure to amend the soil with mulch to provide the tree with all the nutrients it needs.

Planting the Tree in the Wrong Location

Planting a tree in the wrong location is an easy mistake to make, but it can have a significant impact on the tree's growth and appearance. Before planting, consider the amount of sunlight the location receives, the amount of space the tree needs to grow, and the wind conditions in the area. If you plant the tree too close to a house or other trees, it can cause the tree to become deformed or damaged. Additionally, stucco can absorb and radiate heat, which can be too much for some trees to handle.

Planting a tree can seem like a simple task, but it requires careful consideration and planning to ensure the tree thrives. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure your tree looks its absolute best.


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