Trees hold a special place in our hearts. There’s just something so majestic and timeless about them, even the common species that exist in our own yards. Plus, since they also add curb appeal and value to your home, you want to keep your trees healthy. These six tips can protect your trees and help them thrive for many years to come.
Choose right tree for the right location. If you’re planting a sapling, make sure to choose a species that thrives in your climate. Then, choose a space that receives plenty of sunlight and provides space for the tree to grow to its full size. Remember to avoid planting near power lines, because the tree could pose a danger in the future or even need to be removed.
Mulch around the base of your tree. Taking this quick step will help to preserve moisture (especially important in drought-prone areas) and protect the roots from lawnmower blades. Take care not to cover the trunk of the tree with mulch, however.
Water regularly. Young trees have yet to develop extensive root systems, so they need more regular watering than adult trees. A sapling needs 10 to 40 gallons of water each week. Mature trees require only about an inch of watering each week, and you might only need to worry about watering during droughts.
Fertilize regularly. In the forest, trees are nourished by decaying natural matter all around them. But in our yards, we tend to clear away leaves, lawn cuttings, and other items that would ordinarily feed a tree over time through their decomposition. Test your soil and use an appropriate slow-release fertilizer when recommended for each tree species.
Prune your trees. Trim dead or cluttered limbs during the tree’s dormant (non-growing) season to help it thrive. It is also necessary to prune your tree when damage occurs, to prevent injury or property damage from weakened limbs.
Ask an expert to assess your trees. Give us a call, and we can give your trees a checkup. Certain issues, such as disease or overgrown limbs that reduce airflow, should be corrected before long term damage occurs.