Aside from the oxygen the trees give off in order for us to live, trees are also great companies for our homes. They provide shade, fresh air and protection. They add to the aesthetic value of the landscape too. Keeping them in great health is important so their benefits to us will maximize. You may not consider taking care of already mature trees, but keeping them healthy will make them more valuable. The following are some of the ways you can keep your tree healthy.
First of all, you should know the needs of your trees. Determine how much water they need and the type of soil it prefers. You should know that the tree is planted in the right site because the existing soil condition will determine how it will grow. If you are not aware of this, contact a professional tree removal or search tree cutting services in my area who is a professional in taking care of trees.
- Protect the Tree Roots
One of the reasons why a tree is healthy is because of its healthy roots, and the factor that contributes to a healthy root is a healthy soil. A healthy soil should have air space in order for the nutrients to be absorbed. That’s why it’s not healthy for your trees to be planted in a compacted soil because it impedes the water infiltration and oxygen into the root zone. Protect the soil and roots within the critical area of your tree.
- Protect the Bark
A bark is a tree’s living armor that protects it. Damaging the bark will make way for bacterial and fungal infections. You can damage the bark if the rotary spray heads hit the trunk at close range. Rubbing and entwined branches can also wound the bark. And if you hit the tree with a weed whacker, it will also affect the bark. If your trees are near the driveway, it might suffer hits from vehicles. To prevent this, remove the lower limbs so it won’t be hit.
- Water Effectively
Mature trees can survive in an existing moisture and soil condition but they can still be killed by an extended drought. That’s why it’s important to keep them healthy for them to survive such drought. You can schedule a deep watering for the trees, and during summer the trees need to be irrigated. It doesn’t need extra watering during winter season. Give the trees an occasional soak instead of misting.
- Prune Properly
A proper pruning will improve a tree’s health. If you’re new to pruning, hire a professional. But if you’ve done pruning many times just remember some few things. It’s best to prune during winter season before it pushes to new growth during spring. Remove the branches that are crossing or rubbing each other. Remove the smaller branch so push through the growth of the robust branch. Remove the broken branches to prevent rough breaks. Remove the low branches to allow more light. Remove the branches that are prone to damages.