Caring for Your New Parkway Tree

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If you have just had a new parkway tree planted, congratulations!  Please help the Village of Palatine to nurture and promote the growth of this new addition to our urban forest by following these care instructions:

Watering is the key to a new tree's survival.  Too much water will drown a tree and too little water will dry it up. During a normal season, a tree should receive 1" of water per week.  Watering need only be done during the months of May through September and only if adequate rainfall does not occur.  It is important to keep your tree watered for the first year after planting.

To see if your tree needs watering, check the soil by digging a small hole, 3" deep.  If the soil is dry and crumbly, the tree needs additional water.  If the soil is moist and sticks together, no water is needed.  If water drips from the soil, there is too much water.  If this occurs, remove the mulch layer from around the base of the tree to allow the soil to dry.

Mulch, the layer of wood chips that is placed on the soil after the tree is planted, is your young tree's best friend.  Mulch helps retain soil moisture, prevents weed and grass intrusion, and protects the trunk from lawn mower damage.  Mulch should not be more than 3" deep and should not make contact with the bark of the tree, which can cause the bark to rot from being constantly wet.  Occasionally check for matting of the mulch and mix it up if needed.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the care of your new parkway tree, please contact the Forestry Division at (847) 705-5200.


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