Live Oak Planting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dmayorov
June 16, 2010
Two live oak trees planted 2 days ago are having browning leaves. At the first sign of this Superthrive and MiracleGro Tree and Shrub fertilizer spikes were applied. The trees were planted in a 50/50 native/TopSoil soil. Although it was be too soon to see, but not health improvement is evident. Is there anything better than can be done to revive the trees? Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
June 16, 2010

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I think you're doing everything right. It's common for newly planted trees to show symptoms of transplant stress. As soon as the roots establish themselves in their new growing spot, they should recover and start to put out healthy new growth. About the only other thing you need to do is to make sure your trees are watered well once a week. To most efficient way to water is to make a watering basin or watering well by mounding up a few inches of soil all around the tree, about 12 inches out from the trunk. Plan to water deeply once each week during the growing season by filling the well with water, allowing it to drain, and then filling it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture directly over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. Good luck with your new trees.

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