Trees increase property values, provide shade and prevent soil erosion. Consequently, keeping them happy and healthy is a wise undertaking. Simply follow these tips to keep your trees in top shape.
1. Water them Ensuring your trees get adequate water is the most important thing you can do to keep your them happy. This is especially true if you’ve planted trees in the past three of four years. For the most part, mature trees with deep roots don’t require additional watering, although they will thank you for the drink during stretches of low precipitation. 2. Fertilize them Trees you’ve recently planted will benefit from being fertilized. Established, mature trees are often fine without the help. However, if you notice yellowing leaves or if your trees are growing poorly, then fertilizer will can give them the boost they need. Healthy trees are more resistant to disease and pests. 3. Prune them Pruning correctly and at the right time of year improves your trees’ structure and strength. It will also keep branches away from power lines and will reduce the chances that a large decaying branch will snap off in a storm and damage your property. If you’re unsure about how and when to prune your trees, it’s best to contact a professional arborist. 4. Protect them Avoid digging near your trees’ root systems. Moreover, don’t park your car or build a driveway near a tree. The weight of vehicles can compact the soil and deprive your trees of necessary oxygen, consequently killing the roots. Also, make sure to keep lawnmowers and trimmers away from tree trunks as they can damage the bark. Plus, you should cover the trunks of young trees with burlap or plastic wrap you can buy from your local garden centre. It can also be a good idea to maintain one-metre perimeters of mulch around the base of certain trees. 5. Control pests Keep a close eye on your trees and look for abnormal colouring, leaf loss and insect infestations. Treating pests and diseases early can save the life of your tree and prevent the infestation from spreading to other plants in your yard.