Hi Dee, How do I care for my new Pom Pom trees? (They are turning brown. Also, are they hearty enough to survive our winters? If so, how deep should I plant them and in what soil type? Thank you so much!
Your pom pom trees are probably a pine variety, most likely scotch pine. Most pines are hardy to zone 3 or 4. Apple Valley is considered zone 4. The tag that came with your trees should have planting and care instructions on it, as well as the variety of tree. Follow the instructions on the tag. For most trees and shrubs you want to plant them in well-drained soil,in a hole that is dug twice as large as the root ball of the tree. Back fill around the tree with a mixture of soil and compost. Make sure your new trees are getting plenty of water. When you plant them water thoroughly, and continue watering through the first season. Most trees, shrubs and perennials need at least one inch of water each week. The lawn sprinkler will not provide enough water for newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to water once or twice a week, soaking the ground around the tree until water pools near the surface. If you are planting in clay soil it is important that the soil around your new trees is amended to improve drainage. Enjoy your new trees and thanks for the question.