People keep asking if it's still ok to plant trees this late in the year (late June). Absolutely! We plant trees every month of the year that the ground isn't frozen. Is the heat hard on newly planted trees? It is, however, it's much harder on the trees sitting in the nursery in black pots. They are way better off planted in your yard! There is an easy way to combat the heat. Mulch! We highly recommend mulching every tree, regardless of the time of year it is planted, but it's especially advantageous in the summer, because the mulch insulates the roots. It also doubles your water retention. You will need to water your tree more often in the beginning, while the roots are spreading out. Try watering it every day for the first week, every other day for the second week, and then once a week for the rest of the first year. Remember to soak the soil around the root ball to help roots spread farther out. Remember that trees are like great big swamp coolers, and drastically reduce summer temperatures in your yard. Happy planting!
Dave Luker is South East Idaho's tree expert. He has been helping people with their yard and garden questions for years. Do you have a question about your yard or garden? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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