ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Even trees planted with care can succumb to the elements if these helpful tips aren't followed.
The Urban Forestry Coordinator stopped by the studio to encourage viewers to plant trees -- and follow some simple steps to ensure they thrive.
On hand was an example of a tree which had been "lovingly planted and tended to" but had died prematurely due to its unexpanded root ball. Among the easy tips for ensuring healthy root growth:
1. PREVENT CIRCLING ROOTS: After removing the tree from its container, separate the roots and prune them off at the point where they start to circle.
2. DON'T PLANT TREES TOO DEEPLY: Their roots should begin at the surface.
3. LARGE HOLE: Make a wide enough hole with looser soil and water outward, to encourage root growth.
4. QUESTIONS? A great, free online resource is the Tree Owner’s Manual, which covers the care of your tree from planting through long-term care. The urban forestry office can provide a hard copy, and are always available to answer questions. Your local County Extension Office is also a good resource.
For more information, visit their website.