Have you bought a houseplant and noticed that it looked a bit sad once you got it home? Hopefully she bounced back. Don’t give up on your green thumb just yet!
Just like a human moving to a new space, the plant was adapting to its new environment. A plant has a number of complicated physiological processes (we’ll save those for another day). But changing the environment affects these processes, resulting in stress.
Now, think on a bigger scale. When trees are planted, it is likely the most stressful event the tree will experience. They are dug up, transported, and eventually planted into your yard. This is a lot of changes for one complex organism!
When trees are pulled from nurseries, they undergo a great deal of changes. During the initial dig, machinery does not account for all roots. Often, the entire root system isn’t dug. Since root health is reflected in the canopy, newly dug trees may reflect this stress.
Evergreens and even deciduous trees can have slightly different canopy density or branch structure depending on light and soil conditions in the nursery. This can be exacerbated by the fact that they will lose tissue (branches, leaves, needles, etc) in the first year due to transplant shock, or stress.
This is normal and the trees will grow and fill in normally as they establish themselves in your yard. You’ll see full growth after about 3 years as the trees will have fully recovered from transplant shock.
Luckily, we know how to help your tree grow into its potential, even during stressful times. 1. Ensure that your tree is planted properly. 2. Watering is absolutely imperative during this time. 3. Create a mulch ring around your planting. 4. Have an ECO Arborist inject the soil around your tree with our custom nutrient blend.
Overall, stress is normal and the trees will grow and fill in normally as they establish themselves in your yard. You’ll see full growth after about 3 years as the trees will have fully recovered from transplant shock.