Dear Evergreen Customer,

Because of your concern and our interest in the health and growth of your pine trees, we are providing this information to answer common questions you may have.

WATER: We encourage you to thoroughly water newly installed trees once or twice a week the first year according to weather conditions. Apply water with hose or bucket from the top. We do not recommend “root feeders”

BASIN: Your tree should have a mound of soil around the trunk creating a saucer which will hold water. It is very important to maintain the “basin” or “saucer” the first year in order for the tree to satisfactorily get thoroughly soaked.

FERTILIZER: When your tree was installed, it was fertilized with a slow release planting tablet that will feed your tree for two years. We recommend additional fertilizer the third year using “Jobe’s Tree Spikes” following their recommendation for established trees. Remember that tree roots grow laterally 2-3 feet per year so spike placement should be 6-8 feet from the tree trunk the third year after planting.

INSECTS: A new troublesome insect has invaded scotch and Austrian pine in Eastern Iowa. ZIMMERMAN PINE MOTH has been causing severe damage the past few years but is very easily controlled. Apply dursban or lindane insecticide the last week of April and the first week of August. Saturate the trunk as much as possible and spray the foliage as well. Timing is particularly important in the life cycle of the moth.

We want you to fully enjoy the experience of watching trees mature. Feel free to contact us for additional assistance.

Sincerely,

The Team at Hughes Nursery & Landscaping