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Keep your Trees Healthy and Secure - Important Things to Keep in Mind

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Providing shelter from the sun and home to the birds, enhancing the aesthetics of the landscape and producing oxygen; trees are very precious asset. If grown on your property, a healthy tree can increase its value as well. However, there are particular factors you need to be careful about in order to keep your tree healthy and secure. If you are confused about it, make sure you seek help of a tree professional, such as an arborist. Listed below are few things that you can assist you along the way.

Things Bad for Your Trees:

Topping

Topping

Topping is something you must avoid if you want your tree to grow healthy. Topping means removal of large branches right off mature trees. Once a tree is topped, it appears disfigured and can never develop the same again. Also, remember that a topped tree will become more vulnerable to disease. Another thing, to put in your mind, is the fact that when a tree is topped, it will grow back rather quickly and far more densely, hence killing the purpose of topping altogether. Answer to your problem is pruning, which is made to trim the over sized branches, not cut them from the start. Read here to learn why, when and how much pruning is required?

Mechanical Wounds

If the lawn mowers or the grass trimmers accidentally hit the bark of their tree while doing their job, it can cause severe damage. This open wound will eventually become home to fungus and other diseases. If anything like this happens, the best thing, to do, will be to remove sod from the base of the infected tree and put mulch instead. Climbing spikes, which may eventually become infected as well, can also cause wounds.

Compacted Soil


What your tree’s roots require to stay healthy and strong is a healthy soil through which water and minerals can easily be absorbed. However, this becomes impossible when the soil is compacted. Compacted soil cannot be readily penetrated by the air or water, which are two very basic requirements for your tree to grow healthy and strong. Many things are cause of soil compaction, including the city pollution.

Damage Caused by Construction


Construction damage is very common in urban landscape trees. The building foundations, sidewalks, driveways, as well as road excavations, cause such harm. This damage to the tree’s root system is not noticeable in the beginning; however, over a period of years, the loss starts to show as the health of the tree begins to decline. A healthy tree can become fatally injured if care is not provided during construction.

Things That Are Good For Your Trees:

Thinning and Pruning


In contrast to topping, pruning makes your tree grow healthy and strong. Pruning is thinning of the branches of the tree that are growing awkwardly or seem to be infected by some disease. When the tree is well thinned, it also displays a far more beautiful sight and causes not hazardous conditions. Another sign of a well-pruned tree is the fact that it doesn’t really look like it has been pruned; it appears as natural as can be.

Mulching/Drainage


If the soil in which a tree is growing get quickly drains, it is a sign that it is well aerated. If the soil is not draining well enough, it will require aeration. If you vertical mulch the soil, it will encourage water uptake as well as the growth of the roots.

Tree Fertilization & Watering


Watering and fertilizing the soil will help keep your tree healthier and stronger. However, you need to be careful not to over-water the soil, and similarly not overdo the fertilization because it may cause an adverse reaction. Happy tree planting!