Planting trees on your property is a wonderful way to add beauty to your home and raise your property values. However, you'll only see these benefits if you are able to take care of the tree so that it grows to be tall and healthy. If you plan on getting an American redbud tree for your home, here are some tips for planting and caring for your new tree.
A large part of caring for your new tree is knowing when to plant it. Spring weather is best for most trees, including an American redbud. It gives the roots plenty of time to grow into the soil and prepare the tree for the long winter. Spring is also when nurseries sell the most trees, so you'll have a wealth of options to pick from.
The American redbud should be placed in an area of your yard that gets full sunlight or partial shade. You definitely want to avoid places where your home could block the sun for a majority of the day since it will cause problems with the tree's growth over the years.
You should use natural soil to fill in the hole that the tree is planted in, which will give it plenty of nutrients to help with its early growth.
While an American redbud can tolerate dry weather conditions when it is mature, it still needs plenty of water to help with its growth. Do not saturate the ground with water when doing so. It will help to apply mulch around your new American redbud tree so that the ground retains moisture; just make sure that the mulch does not come in contact with the trunk of the tree.
You'll need to prune the tree as it starts to grow in its first year, but it is a good idea to wait until the fall to do so. Remove branches that are clearly dead, crowding with other branches, or looking weak. This will help ensure that the healthy branches get plenty of nutrients for them to remain healthy. Pruning should only be done after the leaves have stopped growing and have become dormant for the year.
Caring for your new tree can be challenging if you are not sure what you are doing. If you are worried that you'll make a mistake with caring for your new American redbud, contact a professional tree care service to help you.