Two precautions you might want to take after planting new trees in your garden

If you have just planted some new young trees in your garden, these are the two main precautions you should take to ensure that these new additions do not cause problems.

Find a mesh supplier and order a few metres of sturdy mesh from them

If you, your neighbours or anyone who visits your home is a dog owner and there is a good chance that there will be dogs in your garden occasionally, then you should find a mesh supplier and order several metres of mesh from them. You must do this because if there is even the slightest chance of dogs being in your garden, you will need to put some mesh around the trunks of your new trees to protect them from these animals.

Whilst older trees that are fully grown will not usually sustain serious damage if a dog gnaws or urinates on their trunks, the same cannot be said for younger trees. The reason for this is that a young tree will often have quite a thin trunk; if a dog gnaws on it for lengthy periods, it could collapse before it has a chance to grow and become more stable. Likewise, whilst the health of a large tree with an extensive root system won't be dramatically affected by exposure to moderate amounts of dog urine, a smaller, newer tree which is urinated on regularly by a dog could end up dying because its underdeveloped root system cannot cope with the quantities of urine it has been subjected to. By putting up a homemade mesh barrier, just a few inches away from the trunks of your new trees, you can stop any dogs who play in your garden from ruining them in this manner.

When discussing your order with the mesh supplier, you should ask for the sturdiest form of mesh that they have. Whilst this might be a little trickier to curve around the base of each tree, it will be less likely to yield and collapse if a dog jumps onto it. Look for mesh suppliers to get more information. 

Consider relocating potted plants that are currently close to these trees if the trees will bear fruit

If the trees you have bought are going to bear fruit at some point and you have several potted plants positioned near them, you might want to relocate these plants to some other part of the garden.

The reason for this is that when the fruit from these trees ripens and falls, it may land on these pots. If the fruit is even remotely heavy, it could shatter any of the pots that are made of clay or ceramic. Furthermore, this fallen fruit might also break the potted plant's stems and squash their leaves. By simply relocating them to a spot where they are unlikely to be struck by the trees' fruit, you can keep these plants alive and well for as long as possible.