Too often trees are forgotten and not maintained after being planted. A tree requires proper care, especially in the early stages of its development, to prevent health problems. Consider the following checklist when planting a tree:
- Are there adequate resources to maintain the tree?
- Is there someone or an organization responsible for maintenance?
- Are there resources, such as labor and equipment, to provide for watering, mulching, pruning, fertilization, protection, and other maintenance needs? Are there strategies to protect the tree from injuries?
- What are the qualifications of the personnel maintaining the trees? Do they have the necessary training and skills?
|Photo credit: Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University.|
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By: Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forester, USFS Southern Region