How to reduce the effects of transplant shock in Biltmore Forest (Part 4)
Lastly, the final step to preventing transplant shock is to care for the tree appropriately. You do this by making sure the soil is always moist. Keep in mind that moist is different from wet. Having wet mulch, and soil all the time is bad for the trees. It prevents oxygen intake and creates a bad environment for the tree to grow. You should water your tree once a week if there is no rainfall. During the extreme months like the summer, you will want to water your tree more often. The easiest way to tell when your tree needs to be watered is to feel the soil beneath the mulch. If the earth is dry, than it is time to water your tree.
The colder the temperature, the less of a need your tree has for water. So as fall and winter come around don’t worry as much about watering your trees. It’s always worth considering getting your tree pruned after the transplant as well. This is a nice way to make sure any branches damaged during the transplant are pruned away so that healthier branches can continue to grow. Additionally, pruning will help to provide optimal sunlight intake by your trees.