Planting trees is pretty easy. In the beginning of their lives, trees demand the same care as any other plant. When they get older, however, the needs of trees become more complex. For the most part, nature takes care of its own and owners of tree-heavy property need not worry too much about the health of their trees. There are times, though, when trees, whether through manmade interference or through natural blocks, can begin to lack the nutrients they need. If you are worried about the health of the trees around you, here are some steps you can take to ensure your trees are receiving proper tree care.
Recognizing Tree Sicknesses
This is, perhaps, the most basic step in caring for mature trees. There are several types of beetles that eat through trees, types of moths that weaken their branches, and several root issues that can cause your trees to fall over if struck by severe weather. Most of these sicknesses are not severe, but being aware of the obvious ones can help prevent major issues before they occur. If the sickness is advanced, it is worth calling a tree-care professional to explore what options exist.
Trimming helps out in multiple different ways. First and foremost, it helps the trees looks newer and fresher. Secondly, it can also help the health of your tree. If a tree’s branch is dead, it could be telling you that it’s time for that branch or collection of branches to be replaced — like how dogs shed hair falls out when it grows too long! Just as trimming the proper amount can be a good thing, however, trimming too much can be a bad thing. If you are considering trimming large sections of healthy branches from a tree, consult with tree-care experts to examine the best path forward.
Mulching and Soil Control
The roots of a tree are like its veins: they bring nutrients from the ground up into the tree. Too little soil can result in too few nutrients, while too much soil can result in too little oxygen. Mulching is a great way to create a safe environment for tree roots, as it protects the roots from drastic changes in soil while also allowing them to receive the oxygen they need to survive.
The Last Resort
Nobody wants to have to remove a tree. But, in some cases, the natural cycle of life has taken its toll on a tree, and it may be time to haul it away. If you are not confident in your ability to determine the health of your tree, contact your local tree-care experts for consultation. They may diagnose your tree and tell you that it’s time for that tree to go.