Basics of Tree Care & Maintenance on Your Property

Regardless of if you have a yard that’s full of lush greenery or just a few trees, you need to ensure it is properly cared for and maintained. This is the only way you can feel confident it will continue to grow and thrive. 

While it may seem as though tree care is only something that’s needed during the warmer months of the year, this simply isn’t the case! In fact, by ensuring your trees are cared for and maintained throughout the year, this ultimately helps ensure they stay healthy and that no potentially dangerous issues arise. 

Get to Know What Your Trees Need

Before you’re able to care for your trees, you need to know what type you have on your property. You can do this research on your own or ask a pro in the tree service field. Once you know what type of trees you have, consider the following variables:

  • Is your tree sensitive to any type of weather conditions (i.e. extreme heat or cold, high winds, etc.)?
  • Will your tree be affected by drought?
  • What type of soil will be best for the tree’s roots?
  • Should you invest in tree trimming or pruning?
  • How much water does your tree require? 

Proper Pruning 

Regardless of the type of trees you have on your property, there’s a good chance they will need to be pruned to remain strong and healthy. However, you can’t just try to prune your trees if you don’t know what you are doing – in fact, improper pruning can cause serious damage to the tree, which can result in the spread of disease or structural problems that eventually lead to the need for tree removal. 

Signs of bad pruning include things like jagged cuts, a tree that is top- or bottom-heavy, or a tree that leans to one side or the other. If you aren’t sure if you can handle the pruning process on your own, or if you don’t know what to do, hire the professionals to handle this for you! You may end up spending more money in the long run with improper “DIY” tree care.

Root Protection 

If you want to ensure your trees remain healthy, you have to protect the roots. Healthy roots are dependent on the right soil. Make sure the soil around your trees isn’t compacted, as this is going to prevent oxygen and water from getting to the tree. Also, take steps to protect the roots and the soil to ensure that no issues arise. 

Watch for Signs That Tree Removal is Needed 

Trees are living things, which means that if they aren’t properly cared for and maintained, then they may suffer serious damage, disease, or even die. If this happens, the tree may become hazardous to your home, property, and to surrounding neighbors (yes, we have actually seen dying trees fall directly over a home during high winds or inclement weather)!! In order to prevent such situations before they arise, you’ll want to contact a professional arborist for tree removal services. Do some research before hand, and make sure to check out our article on Best Practice for Safely Felling a Tree!

As you can see, there are several steps you can take to care for and maintain the trees on your property. By implementing these basics, your trees will remain healthy and happy while looking great around your home.

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