How to Guarantee the Health of Your Tree Saplings

Taking care of tree saplings can be very demanding work. Just like young babies, young trees require extra attention and nourishment to set the foundation for a healthy adult life. Making sure a young sapling reaches its full potential comes down to a few key factors that need to be addressed, so let’s take a look at what those are.

When it comes to creating a checklist of things you need to do and manage if you want to give your saplings the best chance of growing up to be happy healthy trees, it goes something like this;

  1. Watering
  2. Weeding
  3. Protecting
How to Guarantee the Health of Your Tree Saplings

How to Guarantee the Health of Your Tree Saplings


While you obviously want to give your saplings every last drop of water they will need to grow to their full potential, you also want to conserve water where and when you can. To do this you need to do an entire list of things like;

  • Watch out for droughts
  • Check the moisture of the soil
  • Deep watering
  • Don’t use lawn irrigation for trees
  • Use mulch

Regular watering is absolutely necessary for young saplings to achieve a good level of health and also to prevent them from getting diseases that can easily overtake dehydrated plants. If you deep water your saplings, this will encourage them to grow thick strong roots that reach deeper, rather than weak surface roots which are prone to being blown over during a windstorm.

You should be checking your soil moisture frequently as well, the soil 4 to 6 inches below the surface should be noticeably moist, but not completely wet. If you find yourself experiencing a drought, you can increase the amount of water you give your plants while choosing to conserve water in others areas by for instance, taking shorter showers. This will help you make sure your saplings get the right amount of water during a drought if you notice their leaves are starting to wilt or turn brown at the edges, while allowing to maintain a manageable water bill at the same time.

Remember that a normal lawn sprinkler is not enough to water a young sapling to full health. Using a direct source of water right near the base of the tree is best. Mulch is also another fantastic option for conserving water and keeping your sapling healthy as well. Mulch will prevent any nasty weeds from popping up and drawing insects or other bugs that might harm your young tree. It may also stop grass and other plants from growing too close to the sapling and sucking up the water that is supposed to be getting to the roots of the sapling.


As mentioned above, mulch helps prevent nasty weeds that can pop up and attract disease carrying bugs, and steal water from your sapling as well. You don’t absolutely need mulch though, as long as you get them out there somehow. Ripping weeds straight out of the ground is just as viable as smothering them with mulch. You can also cut them down regularly or spray the area with chemicals that kill weeds.


 Protect your saplings in the following ways and they should live to see old age;

  • Keep them away from lawn equipment
  • Protect them from harmful chemicals
  • Use mulch
  • Prune early and often

In Conclusion

Taking care of saplings is like taking care of babies, they require constant attention and nourishment. Use the tips in this article to make sure your saplings grow up to become big strong trees that will last long after you and provide shade and oxygen for generations to come.

Get the information you need to make the right decision for your budget, your home and your landscape. Talk to O’Neill Landscape Group about the health of your tree saplings today and get informed about your choices.