You may look at trees in nature and wonder, “Why do the trees on my property need regular care? Can’t I just let them grow as if they were in the forest?” The answer is that trees in the forest often fall or lose branches due to their unchecked growth. Plant a tree next to a home or business, and it becomes much more important to make sure its roots, trunk, and branches are healthy and strong.
In our last blog post we told you the importance of planting trees, but there is more you need to know. Here are a few routine tree care practices that will help your tree grow properly:
Water Your tree needs plenty of water—but not too much. Get online and do some research to find out just how much and how often your species of tree needs to be watered. With just the right amount of hydration, your tree will be able to focus on healthy growth.
Mulch A layer of mulch around your tree can help to insulate it against extreme temperatures, hold water in to help it stay hydrated longer, and keep grass and weeds from getting too close and competing for nutrients. With so many benefits, it’s a good idea not to skip this easy tree care step.
Prune Pruning is the strategic removal of limbs from a tree or shrub. It can make your tree look better, but even more importantly, it can help your tree to grow sturdier, healthier branches. For example, when two limbs branch off from each other in a sort of “V” shape, they create a weak point on the tree that is prone to breaking. Pruning away one of those branches allows the other to receive more nutrients and strengthens it over time. Pruning is as important to your tree as watering, but just like over-watering, over-pruning can be dangerous. Removing too many limbs means removing the leaves that your tree uses to absorb sunlight and create the nourishment that it needs to grow. There are plenty of internet tutorials out there to help you do it yourself, but make sure you take care to prune as little as you can to still get the job done. Figuring out exactly how to care for your specific trees can be intimidating. What if you over-water, or prune too much? Consider a certified arborist like Southeastern Tree Removal to take the guesswork out of it and give your trees exactly the care they need.
Stay tuned for more golden nuggets of tree knowledge!