Having healthy trees on your property starts with planning it out before you plant. You may not have the luxury of this strategy if there are existing trees in your yard. Here are some tips for keeping your trees growing in a healthy fashion.
The size of your trees makes a difference in how they can grow and how much maintenance will be required. For example, a large tree near your house would be a bad idea because you’d have to spend a lot of time trying to keep it from damaging your house. This could result in you deciding to remove the tree before it has a chance to reach its full potential. Putting several trees near each other could result in a similar scenario.
Prune To Encourage Growth
There are certain times of the year that it’s best to prune back your trees. A truly healthy looking tree is one that’s had pruning and other types of maintenance performed over its lifetime. Eliminating dead wood and branches that cross in the interior by using a tree lopper will help to promote growth in the right areas so that the tree can remain healthy. Keeping the tree to a manageable size is another common pruning technique.
Regulate Your Watering
The amount of water that trees need vary depending on the age of the tree and the depth of the roots. For example, you may have observed new trees with bags of water surrounding their bases. This is to ensure the long-term survival of the tree during this sensitive phase of its life. Adult trees don’t require as much water in order to survive because the root structure goes deeper underground where it can collect water from other sources.
Invest In Root Protection
Mulching around the base of shallowly rooted trees is another way to protect the root structure. You don’t want the changing weather to cause the roots to become harmed before the tree has a chance to enter its dormant phase. A healthy tree has a well-established rooting system. Avoiding compacting the soil around the base of your tree is another way to aid in the protection of the roots.
For the most part, adult trees require little to no care in order for you to maintain them. Diseases are more common with some varieties of trees than with others. Know the signs of disease so that you can take the appropriate measures to keep your trees healthy and happy.