Street Tree Care

Care of your new street tree

It is vital that your newly-planted street tree is given adequate attention over the first TWO years following planting. This is when the young tree is most vulnerable to drought because it has a very minimal root system. 

So, watering first:
  • The ideal care for new trees is 20 litres at one hit during the active season from early March to late October (see table below for schedule). Most watering cans are 5 litres or 10 litres so it depends on yours!. This is regardless of rainfall unless it is truly a deluge! REMEMBER - rainwater runs off concrete or tarmac pavements so you should not assume that your street tree will be getting watered adequately in wet weather!
  • It is very important to give water in ONE go as this makes the roots go downwards. Watering a 'little and often' is NOT good as it encourages the roots upwards to search for surface water.
  • Mulching the tree will also help to retain moisture - we suggest bark chippings, leaf mould or well rotted horse manure (fresh manure will be too acidic and kill your tree!). 
Other:
  • Apart from this, check there are no broken branches. Keep an eye on branches that extend over the roadside - these are the branches that get damaged by unsighted high-sided van drivers! Report damage to us/or Green Scene.
  • If a metal guard has been installed, make sure that the tree is securely staked so that it cannot rub up against the cage when it blows in the wind.

The following watering regime has been provided by GreenScene as an ideal pattern of watering between MARCH & OCTOBER - But PLEASE NOTE: you should still keep an eye on the tree in the intervening months in case we have a dry winter!


YEAR ONE

MONTH
No of visits needed
When visits needed
MARCH
1
2nd week after planting
APRIL
2
1st and 3rd week
MAY
4
1 per week
JUNE
4
1 per week
JULY
4
1 per week
AUG
4
1 per week
SEPT
2
2nd & 4th week
OCT
1
2nd week if a dry month

YEAR TWO

MONTH
No of visits needed
When visits needed
MARCH
1
2nd week
APRIL
2
2nd week
MAY
2
1st & 3rd week
JUNE
2
1st & 3rd week
JULY
2
1st & 3rd week
AUG
2
1st & 3rd week
SEPT
1
2nd week
OCT
1
2nd week if a dry month

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