How to Care For Your Trees

Trees are important for our ecosystem. They provide beauty and shade, lower energy bills, prevent soil erosion, improve air quality and add value to your property. However, they require proper care to flourish.

When a tree is poorly maintained, it can struggle to survive, become diseased or even die. Trees that are cared for and treated regularly are able to grow strong, healthy roots, trunks, branches and leaves. These healthy trees are less likely to snap, lose limbs or cause damage to your home or property.

To help your trees grow strong, follow the following tips from our arborists:

Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place

Make sure to select a species that is native or well adapted to your climate. Then, choose a planting location that provides enough space for the full-grown canopy. Also, make sure the site isn’t too close to underground utility lines or your house.

Once a tree is planted, water it regularly. For the first week, it should receive 1 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter each day. After that, you should water each week, but make sure to allow the water to soak into the soil (not just saturate the surface).

Deep watering is best. To ensure the water reaches the roots, you can use a drip irrigation system, garden hose or soaker hose. Also, it’s best to water in the early morning or late afternoon to reduce evaporation.

Avoid excessive pruning for the first 3 years. It’s important for a young tree to have as much leaf space as possible to absorb nutrients and develop a strong root system. Prune off dead or broken branches as needed to maintain the desired shape of your tree.

Watch for insect and disease problems. Look for red flags like discolored leaves, cankers, holes or sprouting at the base of a trunk. If you spot any issues, contact an ISA Certified Arborist immediately for advice and treatment.

Protect Your Trees

Keep lawn mowers and weed eaters away from the base of your trees. Bumping into trees with these machines can damage the bark and leave wounds that invite insects and diseases. Creating a 2- to 3-foot wide grass-free area around the base of your trees will prevent lawn mowers and weed eaters from damaging them.

Schedule Annual Checkups

Having regular checks by an ISA Certified Arborist is one of the best ways to make sure your trees are healthy and growing properly. Arborists can identify and correct problems at their earliest stages, which is when they are the easiest and least expensive to treat.

In addition to regular checks, our tree care program includes dormant oil and fertilizer in spring, three rounds of insecticide sprays in summer to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB) and a fall fertilizer application. This helps strengthen your trees and makes them more resistant to pests and diseases in the future. Contact us today for more information on our tree care services!