Planted first tree, 4' diameter Autumn Blaze - tips please
We planted our first tree, an Autumn Blaze Maple, approx 18' tall with a 4" diameter trunk.
I thought when we bought such a big tree for planting, our chances of it surviving would be better because of it's size, but everything I'm reading on the web is making me paranoid that I should have planted a smaller tree.
This tree was expensive and its so beautiful I want to do everything I can to help it acclimate. It is in the full sun, in very sandy soil. The grower said to water 20 gallons, 3 times weekly. The tree was planted at the appropriate depth (we paid to have it planted because it was too big for us to handle) and is mulched well. It is also staked.
The grower also used Fertilome root stimulator when he watered right after planting and told us not to do any fertilizing for 3 years.
Is there anything else I need to do, not do, to help this tree acclimate and grow well?