Stop planting trees once the weather becomes hot and dry. Wait until early fall for more favorable conditions for successful transplanting.
Continue regular watering of newly planted trees. If there has been little to no precipitation in the past month, check soil moisture around mature trees at a depth of 4-6”. If it is dry, time to water.
Prune branches that are clearly dead, dying, damaged or diseased. If a branch is bare, do not assume it is dead. If it can be bent, it is most likely a living branch.
Protect tree trunks from damage caused by mowers and weed trimmers with a ring of mulch or caging.
Keep an eye out for signs of insects or disease. Not all insects are pests. Consult Missoula County Weed District & Extension’s website at www.missoulaeduplace.org for more information.