Hidden in the beautiful fall days we have enjoyed lurks a killer of new plantings. We have had a very dry fall and the subsoil moisture is almost non-existent. The cracks you see on the surface of the ground allow air to infiltrate the root zone of your newly planted tree or shrub. Taking time to water before the ground freezes will make your tree much happier in the spring. Watering just an inch a week from now until the ground freezes solid may mean the difference between a live tree in the spring or one that looks like it belongs in a horror film. For evergreen shrubs and trees watering is essential as they continue their search for moisture during the winter using up their reserves.
Remember, healthy trees are happy trees and happy trees make for happy homeowners.