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Question: I moved to a new house about a year ago. When I moved I uprooted a 3 ft pecan tree that was growing in one of my flower beds. When I uprooted it I broke the tap root about two feet deep. (I had know idea that the tap root was so long). Anyway, I was able to keep the tree alive in a tall bucket. Last fall I transplanted the tree in the ground. It survived the winter and has a few very small leaves. It used to have fairly large leaves at my old residence. My question is

Answer: Volunteer trees typically have very long taproots. These little fellas have to work really hard to become established and as you can tell, they don't give up easily. The best thing you can do for your tree is nothing - except water on a regular basis. Deep soakings once each week will encourage deep rooting, which in turn will produce vigorous growth. If you haven't already, make a watering well or watering basin beneath your tree (mound up a few inches of soil in a 12" diameter ring). Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. This concentrates the moisture directly over the root mass and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire root area. Do this once or twice a week and your tree should establish itself and grow well.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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