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Q.We Have 10 Newly Planted Oak Trees (bare-root) 6ft High Planted Late February. Don’t Look Like They Are Growing?

Zone Great Dunmow, Essex, England. CM6 | DonaldD added on April 20, 2020 | Answered

We have been watering them regularly and have a water irrigation loop installed, the leaves from last year are still on some of the trees. Do they not grow much in the first year after being disturbed.

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Answered on April 21, 2020

This can be normal, to a degree. I would be careful with watering, though. It will only need water once the soil is completely dry down to about 2 or 3 inches. Overwatering is one of the most common reasons that a transplant will fail.

I would try removing the leaves, and giving the very tips of the branch a snip. Sometimes this can kickstart things.

This article will help you to care for the young trees:


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