Ta-da! You’ve planted your tree! Now comes the most crucial step - maintenance. The biggest thing we can advise you to do now is regular watering. A quick rain may not penetrate the ground deep enough to satisfy the thirsty roots, so you may need to add as little as a quart to as much as a gallon of water.
Water the soil slowly so it seeps deep into the ground. Really hot and dry periods can kill the new trees within a short amount of time without adequate water.
To ensure the best probability of survival for your trees, we advise you to check the trees and add water around the base of the young tree every week if needed. You do not have to water as much (if any) during the cold winter months if/while the soil stays moist. When the trees go dormant (typically around late November or December), they should be fine until the ground starts warming again (February/March).
*The first year is critical for watering!