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Young tree not thriving

Some young trees do not thrive after planting. Some of the items to check include irrigation frequency and amount, depth to the root flare, and soil drainage. Most trees perform best when the soil in and around the root ball remains moist during the growing season. The root flare (the point where the first roots grow out from the trunk) should be within 2 inches of the surface. Soil should drain well without water standing in the root zone. Trees recently planted (last 2 years) can be dug up and replanted appropriately fairly easily.

See: Detailed discussion on soil attributes