Newly planted trees and shrubs often die in the first year because of lack of water. Install an Edging Ring around each one and soak the area with water twice a week or daily in very hot weather. Grass is often the cause - when new trees & shrubs are first establishing, grass roots are at the same level and they are far more efficient at taking up water. They choke the tree.
So for at least 3 years after planting you need a 100cm circle completely free of grass. Use a mulch mat, and bark mulch on top. Be careful not to allow the mulch to touch the stem as it can cause rot. And water....
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