Got a case of tree envy? Wish your trees looked as good as your neighbors? Regular tree maintenance can make a huge difference. Whether you choose to hire a professional or do it yourself, paying a little attention to detail can boost tree health. Here's a few common tree maintenance practices to add to your yard and garden routine.
Removing dead branches promotes healthy growth. It allows for proper air circulation. It also cuts down on water usage. Keeping trees trimmed regularly helps insure they maintain shape and stable structure. Healthy trees stand the test of time when properly pruned.
Don't be so quick to remove diseased trees. It's possible you might stop disease growth simply by removing sick branches. Fungus thrives in moist environments. Thus, tree trimming is an important step toward disease control. If an infection is present, there are also sprays that can help.
Trimming is so important that it carries over into other aspects of tree maintenance. Insect control is no exception. Pests love moist environments too. Get a little air circulating to discourage them. There are countless sprays you can use to combat tree pests. It's wise not to use broad spectrum sprays. They can kill helpful bugs along with pests and upset the natural balance.
Trees need fertilizer, just like any other form of vegetation. They may not need it every year, but it's wise to test soil yearly. Fertilize trees deep into the root zone for best results. This is done by drilling or punching feeding holes all around the tree. Applying fertilizer too near the trunk will not allow it to get to the root system.
Deep root watering is recommended as regular tree maintenance. You can purchase a special deep root watering tool for this. It attaches to your garden hose. Deep root watering involves piercing the tool into the ground to get water to the roots of tree and encourage the tree to grow deeper roots to seek out water.
Tree envy no more
Performing these regular tree maintenance tasks might even have your neighbors envying you!