The Texas ash is a hardy tree, but it requires specific care throughout its life to flourish on your property and give you years of shade. To learn how to care for your Texas ash tree, read this helpful guide.
Before Planting: Identify an Ideal Environment
Before setting your Texas ash sapling in the ground, determine where to plant it. In general, this tree—native to Texas, Oklahoma, and portions of other hot, dry southern states—thrives in drier places. Don’t worry about planting it by itself—in fact, it grows best in significant sun. And as long as the soil drains easily, it thrives in many different soil types. Once you pick a spot, you’re free to get planting—dig about 16 inches deep to give it a firm base.
After Planting: Water and Mulch
The Texas ash thrives in dry areas, but like many other saplings, it needs a lot of watering immediately after planting. Water thoroughly the day you plant, and then repeat every day for several weeks, checking each day to make sure you’re not overwatering and causing standing water to pool.
To keep weeds from erupting in the surrounding soil, put down a substantial layer of mulch. This eliminates competitors as your tree takes root and helps the soil retain moisture. The mulch should be about three inches deep, and it shouldn’t surround the immediate base of the tree.
As It Matures: Water, Trim, and Assess for Disease
When you’re considering how to care for your Texas ash tree into its maturity, know that—while it will require less attention—there’s still plenty to be mindful of. You can water some during the initial spring growing season, but mature Texas ash trees don’t need that much water. Generally, professionals should handle care for mature Texas ashes. For example, trimming and disease assessments are two things you should leave to people with experience. Scheduling a tree trim in the fall immediately after the growing period ceases is best. Also, be aware of the common Texas ash diseases and their warning signs. Noticing a symptom of ill health early can potentially save your tree and promote its continued growth.