Trees are simple to maintain if you know how. In this post, we will go through what you should do in order to maintain healthy trees.
Start Them Off Properly
If a tree can get a really good start, they will need a lot less maintenance later on. That means doing everything that you can to give the tree everything that it needs while its root systems are still forming. Start off by checking what the ideal soil conditions are for your tree and try to match these.
Don’t Stake Unless Necessary
It seems to make sense to give our trees a nice piece of support to lean on when they are still small. Staking should only be used as a last resort when there is a chance that the tree is going to be uprooted by the elements. The roots will develop better without support.
As your tree grows, it will need watering every now and again. But, unlike your flower beds, the roots of a tree go a lot deeper. That means that you have to check the soil for moisture further down. You will need to use a stick or something similar to help you punch a small hole in the soil, so that you can check the moisture content.
Pay Attention to Nutrients
The soil that your tree is growing in is not changed out at all. As a result, you will need to add nutrients to it from time to time.
Look at Acidity Levels
Some trees require a more acidic environment to grow in; some prefer a more alkaline environment. Make sure that you get this right by testing the acidity of the soil periodically throughout the lifespan of the tree and making adjustments as necessary.
Mulch If Necessary
Mulching is not always as helpful as we would like to think. Consider mulching during dry spells to help the roots retain as much water as possible, but don’t do it as a matter of course.
Trim the Trees
Cutting away the deadwood when the growing season is over allows the trees to focus on all their energy into growing luxurious new branches and leaves when it starts up again.
Clear Away Dead Wood
In theory, it shouldn’t make any difference to the tree if we leave fallen branches in place. After all, no one would clear them away in a forest. Trees in the forest are in their natural setting and so usually under less stress than those in an artificial setting. Clear away dead wood to prevent the spread of disease and insects.
Check the Bark
Get up close and personal with your tree on a regular basis and look for signs of disease – these will usually start off with minor symptoms like leaves falling when they are not meant to or bits of bark flaking off.
Get a Professional Opinion
It is worth considering getting someone in to trim your trees once a year because then they will deal with all the hassle of removing the dead wood, etc. They will also check out the trees for signs of trouble with an expert eye. If you call us, we can let you know if they require the tree removal Brunswick GA residents have come to know and trust.
Trees are very rewarding plants to grow and require surprisingly little care. With a few basic proactive measures, you can ensure that they are healthy for many years to come.