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5 Easy Tree Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Trees Healthy
12
Oct

5 Easy Tree Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Trees Healthy

Human health and tree health

Tree health is critical for our well-being, the value of our homes, and the health of the planet. You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to realise that trees help to reduce pollution and that trees absorb carbon dioxide, which can cause problems. Healthy trees are also beneficial to our health.

New trees and mature trees

We feel a connection to the past when we look at mature trees. There’s a good chance you’re not far from a tree that was planted or began to grow before you were born!

When we plant young trees and decide to care for older trees, it’s as if something deep within us is quietly saying, ‘we’re going to look forward to the future, we want to leave something for the next generation.’ There are trees that were planted and cared for 500 years ago that are still alive today!

‘We’re looking forward to the future because we want to leave something for the next generation.’

Tree maintenance and care

Trees, like children, thrive when appreciation, smiles, and love are combined with a healthy dose of practical and physical care.

So, let’s take a look at some practical methods for caring for the trees in your care.

The environment and trees

The first step is to remember that trees are a natural part of the landscape. To nurture and maintain your tree stock in your garden or site, consider the proximity of buildings, the available space for growth, and the quality and type of soil for the roots. It all comes down to keeping your eyes open, good planting techniques, and long-term care. Don’t be concerned; the work is rewarding.

Here are our five recommendations for short and long-term tree care and management:

Watering when young and in drought

A tree requires watering only during its first few years of existence and during extended periods of dry weather.

The first two years after a tree is planted are crucial to its development. Even in dry conditions, a weekly regimen of five watering cans should be sufficient to saturate the soil and feed the plant’s developing root system. How well water is retained is always contingent on the soil type.

Established trees shouldn’t require watering unless you notice obvious signs of stress from a prolonged drought.

Mulching

Mulch made from old wood chips, leaf mould, bark, or well-rotted manure has three major advantages for the care, health, and maintenance of your tree. Biodegradable mulch can be used to:

  • suppress weeds that compete for water and nutrients in the soil
  • retain moisture by slowing evaporation from the soil’s surface
  • provide a slow release fertiliser

Make a 4-inch-deep circle of mulch around the tree. Make a donut-shaped hole in the centre for the tree trunk; the mulch should not touch the tree stem. Mulching (best applied from late spring to autumn) has the added benefit of acting as a tidy ‘border,’ reducing garden maintenance time.

Weeding Young Trees

In your garden, competition is constantly rife. Nearby plants, including weeds and grasses, are always competing for limited resources like soil nutrients, water, and sunlight. Don’t forget to preserve a three-foot-radius surrounding your tree free of sod and other plants.

Hand weeding, hoeing, or pulling weeds in the spring can be therapeutic and will give your trees a better chance of survival when the weeds begin their annual growth spurt.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of pulling weeds by hand, you can use weed suppressant groundcover or landscaping fabric.

Protecting Young Trees

After going to a nursery and planting your new tree, the time comes to start taking precautions to keep it safe. Avoid exposing your tree to:

  • Lawn equipment – Lawn mowers and strimmers that damage the layers of trunk behind the bark can obstruct water absorption and provide easy access for pests and disease.
  • Herbicides and pesticides intended for other areas of the garden can burn growing tissue.
  • Strong winds in exposed areas can stress, bend, and kill young trees.

You can effectively create a physical barrier from potential danger using tree boards and guards. Young trees can be shielded from chemical damage with careful application, and wind stress can be mitigated by tree anchors and ties.

Pruning

Here is where tree safety and wellness intersect. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to have an expert look it over.

The removal of dead branches from a tree is known as pruning. It improves the quality of the flowers you see, the fruit you might eat, and the wood’s overall health. Pruning carefully regulates the size of the tree in relation to the space available in your garden and helps to reduce disease.

There are three major pruning tasks to complete:

  • Crown thin – Thinning of smaller outside branches allows more light into the tree, reduces dangerous wind resistance, and reduces tree weight.
  • Crown lift or crown raising – The removal of some of the lower branches to allow more light into the tree or better access under the tree.
  • Crown reduction entails reducing the height and spread of the tree’s top so that it ‘fits in’ better, allows more light to pass through, and reduces the stresses caused by the weight of so much timber.

A qualified tree surgeon will examine your tree and advise and explain all of your options. (This suggestion is as easy as picking up the phone:))

Your garden can be transformed into a happy place with a combination of do-it-yourself and professional assistance. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss pruning your special tree.

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steveparkinson

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