Even though the Town of Monument did not get to host an Arbor Day event this year, we hope you have plans to plant a tree or two in your own yard!
Some will not have enough space in their yard to plant a new tree every year. Did you know there are also some great benefits to planting shrubs or bushes?
Here are some helpful tips related to care of a new tree or shrub:
Water young tree and shrubs deeply once a week throughout the first summer season they are planted. Water them twice a month for the next two summers.
Young trees and shrubs are especially vulnerable to drought in the fall and winter months, especially evergreens. If there has been little to no precipitation for the past 4 weeks, and the temperature is over 40 degrees Fahrenheit, young trees and shrubs will benefit from a deep watering. Place your hose on the root zone and turn on water at a trickle to allow water to soak in deeply. (Just don't forget to remove the hose from the bib when you are done.)
Temporary fencing may be necessary to protect your young tree from foraging deer.
Trees and shrubs benefit from a layer of mulch over the root zone.
Wrap the trunk of a young tree in the fall to prevent winter cold damage.
Here are a handful of helpful links to explore if you want to learn more about tree selection and care: