The Q&A Archives: High Winds Uprooted Evergreen Tree

Question: My husband and I were dissapointed this morning to find one of our evergreen trees had been uprooted during the night. It appears to still have one good root in tact and quite a large root ball. The tree stands about 15 ft tall. We were able to get the tree back into the earth and it is standing quite straight. We staked the tree as best we could but are unsure about nursing it back to health as it is the middle of December. Should we water the tree as we would in the spring or fall? Temperatures here have been quite cold for this time of year, going down below 10 at night and staying around 30 during the day. What about some heavy mulching? We would greatly appreciate your expert advice as we have put quite a bit of time and energy into saving this tree.

Answer: I'm so sorry about your tree! Resetting it is about the best you can hope to do. Unless the soil is frozen, water it with warm water to try to settle the soil among the roots again. Also add mulch over the root zone, as you suggested. (Do not push it against the trunk or that may encourage rot or other problems.) Next spring and all next growing season through fall, treat the tree as you would a newly planted one by watering it as needed to keep the soil slightly moist. Let's hope for the best.

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