Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rjca297
March 21, 2010
Just planted a six foot tree. Should I prune the long branches to help roots develop? How often/much water it?

Answer from NGA
March 21, 2010
The best way to encourage new root growth is simply to water your new tree deeply once each week. Build a watering basin beneath the tree by mounding up a few inches of soil all around. Fill the basin, allow to drain, then fill a second time. This will direct the moisture over the root mass and it will trickle down, wetting all the roots. Once a week should do it. Don't prune your tree. Pruning encourages new growth and you want your tree to concentrate on establishing its root system, not growing new branches and leaves. Best wishes with your new tree!

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