Trees give your surroundings natural beauty and ambiance, shade when you sit under them, and fill your environment with imaginable vibrancy. If you are at home and reading this, look out your window and appreciate the work of natural art created with the presence of trees in your front or backyard.
But, if you don’t like how the trees in your surroundings look, it means you are not doing the requisite maintenance on your garden. So, here is a guide to help you care for your trees to be healthier, with more shape, and make your garden look lush and appealing.
Water is synonymous with food for plants and shrubs, and the best way to show that you care for your plants is by watering them at intervals. Though trees tend to adapt to the natural conditions of their surroundings, that should not stop you from watering the trees.
During the summer months, you must water your tree frequently to prevent it from experiencing a drought that could affect its general well-being. Not occasional misting of water but turning on the water hose to a low valve around the tree base and letting water flow down into its roots. Tree experts have recommended that you feed your tree with 25 gallons of water per week but to be more specific on the quantity of water that your tree needs to maintain its healthiness, you can seek advice from a tree doctor.
Regular Tree Removal Technique
Caring for your tree goes beyond using simple techniques to maintain it. You might have to make the hard decision of removing parts of it at intervals. Trees can outgrow their position in your lawn or backyard, and the best way to keep them from becoming harmful to yourself and the family could be to remove certain parts of it.
Not only that, there are situations that could call for canopy tree removal when they are affecting or stealing essential nutrients from other growing trees surrounding them. You would require a professional tree doctor for this, as they are conversant with the best techniques for felling the tree without affecting the others.
Weed Around the Tree Areas
This is an essential care tip, provided your tree is just crossing the 2-3 year mark, weeding is necessary. Weeding around your tree area prevents the tree from losing vital nutrients, as weeds compete with your tree for nutrients and water, which is bad for the latter that needs to absorb everything it gets to grow healthier and produces good leaf covers.
In essence, a large part of the maintenance routine for your trees when it is just growing is to weed the surrounding areas, to prevent nutrient sharing that will be detrimental to the overall health of your tree.
Protect The Root
One of the care tips for your tree is to protect the root at all costs. How do you do that? Avoid parking your cars or putting heavy equipment close to tree root areas. If you want your trees to grow healthy, avoid putting anything around the root areas that will shorten or reduce their nutrient content, contaminate topsoil, and cut down oxygen.
Also, suppose you want to maintain your tree. In that case, it is advisable not to tamper with the tree root by removing or adding soil underneath tree canopies by consulting a tree doctor for the verdict on its benefits or effects on tree growth.
Mulch Your Surrounding
Another way to care for your tree is mulching. Soil areas surrounding your trees are essential for their growth, and your tree requires numerous nutrients to germinate well.
Mulching keeps the soil cool, conserves moisture, reduces weed encroachment, and improves the texture of the ground. There are different techniques of mulching to help you nourish the topsoil of your garden, which includes pine straw and compost, which you must apply 2-3 inches around the tree base areas.
Mulching will help you separate the lush green grass around your lawn or backyard from the tree that is still growing, so the latter can fill up with the constant watering and other nutrients that come with the topsoil.
Protect The Trunk
Another certified way to care for your tree is by protecting the trunk areas. It is good to take care of your lawn or backyard but be mindful not to bump the tree with lawnmowers as it weakens the tree bark. Not only that, when applying weed-eaters, make sure you do not spray them close to your tree because it tends to damage bark and trunks.
Lawnmowers, trimmers, and other gardening equipment can damage the trunk layer behind the tree bark and negatively affect the water take-up. It provides easy access for pests and diseases that can damage the tree. Always be careful when using garden equipment around trees, significantly growing trees.
Control The Pests and Regular Treatment
Caring for your tree must also include controlling pests and preventing them from getting infected with diseases. Caterpillars, adelgids, or Japanese beetles are common insect pests that can damage and weaken a tree, even preventing its growth. Endeavor to apply pest control supplements on the advice of a tree surgeon.
As a tree owner, the best way to show that you have the best interest of your trees at heart is by adding regular arborist visits to their care package. Whatever you do to care for your trees, make sure a tree doctor signs off on it. That way, you are getting expert advice to help your trees grow and keep them healthy.
Always remember that a healthy tree in the garden makes your surroundings look more appealing. To ensure that, you need to always follow expert advice on applying treatment doses, watering, and other care packages to support your trees’ growth.
Maintaining a lush garden filled with trees is not too demanding, provided you can take a few hours from your daily schedule to take care of them and attend to their everyday needs, which are aforementioned.