Schedule time to spend a moment simply looking at your tree. You’ll be amazed how regular monitoring provides insight as to the health and growth of your tree.
Regular watering is important. For a period of at least three years water your tree when rainfall is low. One inch per week is a good rule of thumb. A thorough deep soaking is best, but be careful not to flood the roots. They need both air and water to grow.
Do not fertilize until spring of the second year following planting. We have found that applying ½ pound of slow release granular fertilizer scattered within 3-4 feet of the trunk works well. Apply this fertilizer in the spring and it will be plenty for the tree throughout the entire season.