Dear Shade Tree Customer,

Because of your concern and our interest in the growth of your 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 a 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” 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.

TREE WRAP: Your tree arrived with a protective paper that should be left on for 1 year. Maples should be wrapped each fall for winter protection until their trunks grow to 5: in diameter. All other tree varieties need only protection the first year.

STAKING: With few exceptions, our trees do not require staking. We develop a strong trunk in our protection program. Pin oak have a tendency to be crooked growers, especially the tops. Trees that are staked must be protected from wires, pipes, etc. with cloth or rubber support so as not to damage any bark or limbs.

INSECTS: We recommend a general purpose insecticide for nearly all situations. If “bugs” become a problem, purchase an all purpose insecticide and follow the directions on the bottle. Isotox and Orthene are commonly available products.

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


The Team at Hughes Nursery & Landscaping