Solicit the support of a qualified arborist who will provide training: on planting day, and with the long term maintenance of the trees.
Arborist Inspection Schedule:
- Three, six months, and one year after installation.
The three month arborist inspection visit will include:
- Checking the color and size of the tree.
- Checking for mechanical injuries.
- Adjusting stakes if necessary.
- Pruning damaged branches (structural pruning).
- Checking and/or replacing tree guards.
- Ensuring the proper amount of watering is being done and inspecting for water coverage.
- Looking for insect infestation.
The six month inspection visit will include:
- All of the above
- Replenishing the mulch if necessary.
- Checking the soil and root zone.
The one year inspection visit will include:
- All of the above.
- Removing stakes.
- Replenishing the mulch.
- Removing tree protection.
- Recommending replanting if necessary.
Prescription if the tree/project needs help:
- Send soil and leaf tissue samples to UH for analysis.
- Replace the tree guards and/or stakes and mulch (for mechanical injury).
- At least 4-inches of mulch should be placed at a 3-foot diameter around the base of the trunk.
- Green mulch is NOT recommended for young trees.
- Use wood chips so as not to draw moisture from the trees.
Make recommendations on frequency and quantity of watering should structural pruning be required:
- Remove all dead, dying and damaged branches.
- Remove cross branches, V-crotches and co-dominant stems.
- Make an appointment with the arborist if you have any questions.