- Landscape plants are an investment. Proper care after planting will help them get off to a healthy start.
- During the establishment period (about 2 years), a transplanted tree or shrub needs extra care. Lack of care could lead to failure.
- Regular watering is especially important to promote growth and to compensate for the reduced root system.
- A field-grown tree can lose up to 90% of its root system in the transplanting process. Too much or too little water during the establishment period is the most common cause of poor plant growth.
- Until a tree/shrub is fully established, the growth rate is slower than normal. A large tree requires a longer establishment period than a small tree, generally one year for each inch of trunk diameter.