Both dry soil and soggy wet soil conditions cause loss of roots and loss of growth at the top and periphery of the tree. A newly planted tree has a confined root systems and is especially vulnerable. It is a tricky matter keeping it adequately moist with regular watering without watering too much and creating a waterlogged condition in the planting hole and surrounding soil. You may need to dig down a few inches into the root ball area to feel the soil in order to get a better idea how much and how often to water during this first critical summer when the tree is trying to establish a more extensive root system.
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