One of the most limiting factors for all newly planted trees are weeds. Weed competition can result in death or poor growth of young trees. Keep a 3-4’ circle cleaned at the base of each tree. This can be done by mulching, use of weed fabric or chemicals. When using a product such as roundup be careful not to get it on the tree. It is also very beneficial to mix a pre-emergent with the roundup to prohibit regrowth for approximately three months. Weeds are the most limiting factor for newly planted trees.