As a homeowner, having trees on your property can provide numerous benefits, including shade, aesthetic appeal, and even increasing property value. However, the latter presumes that the tree or trees are in good condition as, obviously, the value held in your property is going to go down if you have a tree on it that is leaning or falling apart.
So, for your own peace of mind, it is crucial to properly care for your trees to ensure they remain healthy and thrive.
While it is easy to see a tree as an oversized plant, it can be a bit more complicated than that! Therefore, here are some tips for homeowners to keep trees on their property healthy.
Trees need water to survive, especially during dry periods. It is important to water trees regularly, but not too much. Overwatering a tree of any size can lead to root rot and other issues, whereas underwatering can cause the tree to become dehydrated and potentially fragile. An inch of water trickled at the base once a week is fine for most trees. If you have a larger tree or an exotic tree and aren’t sure how much water it needs to stay healthy, contact McCullough Tree Service for guidance.
Mulching around the base of a tree can help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Mulch also helps to suppress weeds, as well as prevent damage from lawnmowers and other equipment. Use organic mulch on your tree, such as wood chips or shredded leaves, and avoid piling it too high around the trunk.
Regular pruning can improve the health and appearance of a tree. It removes dead or diseased branches, enhances air circulation, and encourages new growth. However, it is important to prune trees correctly and in the right season to avoid damaging the tree.
Trees require nutrients to grow and thrive. Fertilizing can help provide those nutrients, but it should be done carefully. Too much fertilizer can harm the tree and the surrounding environment. Consult with a professional arborist to determine the best fertilizer and application method for your specific tree species.
Trees are prone to pests and diseases; these are numerous and can impact poorly on the health of the tree, even leading to death. Regular inspections can help detect any issues early. If you notice signs of pests or disease, such as yellowing leaves or holes in the bark, contact a professional arborist for proper treatment. Trees can be damaged by construction, digging, and other activities. Be mindful of your trees and their root systems when planning any projects on your property. Avoid compacting soil around the tree’s base or removing large branches that could harm its structure.
Remember that while some tree care tasks can be done by homeowners, it is often best to hire a professional arborist or tree surgeon for more complex tasks. Tree surgeons have the expertise and equipment to properly care for your trees and ensure their long-term health, as well as ensure that any work that is done will not negatively impact the cost of your home. So, it is always best to research a reputable tree surgeon should you move into a home that has multiple trees around it, just in case!