With colder weather approaching, many property owners opt to plant trees in their yards now since trees are in their dormant phase and can recover better from the transition. Trees planted in the hotter spring and summer months face a greater challenge in establishing their roots and thriving since they are expending more energy to protect themselves from the heat and also absorb vital nutrients. Tree planting requires proper planning and implementation, but when planted incorrectly, the tree will suffer both immediate and long-term effects.
Transplant shock is a common result of tree planting performed by people unfamiliar with the correct planting methods, such as homeowners or amateur tree workers. Avoiding tree transplant shock is essential to protecting the health and value of our trees, which are important assets to our property’s value and beauty.
For specific types of newly planted trees, such as trees with bare roots or mature trees with large root balls, it is especially important to ensure proper planting methods are adhered to, or owners face the risk of losing their vulnerable trees to tree disease or tree death.
There are a wide variety of possible causes when dealing with tree transplant shock. Causes can include undetected tree injuries from the nursery or tree farm, incorrect watering levels, poor or toxic soil content, insufficient pruning or over pruning after planting, or competition for nutrients from nearby weeds or plants. One or more of these conditions can easily lead to new trees experiencing the ravages of transplant shock, and owners facing additional costs to repair or even replace the damaged and dying trees.
For those with newly planted trees, it is vital to know the symptoms of tree transplant shock so that prompt action can be taken as soon as possible to reverse and repair the tree damage. Trees battling transplant shock can exhibit signs such as stunted or no growth, twig dieback, leaf burns and even death. Even if newly planted trees do not display these symptoms, tree transplant shock can lead trees more susceptible to deadly and invasive tree insects or diseases.
Trees are a beautiful and important investment for your residential property, so it is essential to get them planted correctly to ensure a lifetime of health, beauty and value. Embark Services can help property owners avoid tree transplant shock by correctly planting healthy, quality trees on residential sites. Embark Services’s Certified Arborists apply their years of training, experience and tree knowledge to each tree planting project to ensure newly planted trees receive proper levels of nutrients and water while also establishing a strong root base. Contact Embark Services today for more information on how to have healthy trees planted correctly on your residential property, or request a free consultation online with their Certified Arborists.