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Question: My husband and I purchased a grafted pine tree from Home Depot approximately 30 days ago. When we took it out of its container to plant it, we noticed that it did not have a root ball. It simply had one massive, large root. We planted it and have been taking very good care of it. It cost us $170.00 so we do not want it to die. However, its grafted

Answer: Daily watering is excessive, even for a newly transplanted pine. One deep soaking per week will keep your pine happy. When you keep the soil saturated, you drive out the oxygen and plant roots need oxygen as well as water. Slow your watering down; if you're watering daily, switch to every 3-4 days for a week or two, then provide one deep soaking once a week. The best way to water deeply is to make a watering well or basin beneath the tree and fill it with water, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. This concentrate the moisture directly over the roots and allows it to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Best wishes with your pine!

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