If you’re a homeowner, then you know how important trees are in the landscape. They can provide shade and curb appeal, but they also serve as an essential part of the ecosystem. However, if they aren’t cared for properly they can become a liability and even lead to structural damage on your property. Here are some tree care tips from our experts on how to maintain your trees:
Remove loose, overhanging, and broken limbs.
Loose limbs can be dangerous. They can damage property and cars, cause a fire or power outage, and even injure people. For this reason, it’s important to remove any branches that appear to be loose or overhanging. If you see a broken limb on your tree, call in an expert immediately! They can cut it down and remove it from your property before someone gets hurt.
Don’t put off pruning.
Tree pruning is a regular activity that should be scheduled throughout the year. Pruning helps keep trees healthy, reduces the risk of disease and insect infestation, and increases fruit production.
There are several types of pruning that should be performed on a regular basis:
- Deadwood removal—detached branches or other dead wood, such as broken or damaged limbs, should be removed by hand or chainsaw. A simple rule to remember when removing dead wood is “one-third up, one-third across, one-third down” for each branch stub left behind. This will help ensure proper circulation in the tree as well as prevent rot from settling into it over time.
- Limb thinning—limbs growing too thickly together can rub against each other and cause wounds that invite insects like scale insects or borers in addition to making it difficult for sunlight penetration into these areas; these branches should either be plucked out manually with garden shears or sawed off with a chainsaw depending on their size (loosely connected ones may be pulled apart).
Protect against sun scald and rodent damage by wrapping the trunks of young trees before winter comes.
If you’re looking to protect your young tree against sun scald and rodent damage, wrapping the trunk is a good idea. There are several ways to do this, such as using plastic sheeting or burlap. Another option is using a tree wrap! Tree wraps come in rolls and can be purchased from your local supplier or hardware store.
Wrapping your young trees during winter months before snowfall can help them grow strong and healthy.
Water your new tree properly to ensure the best possible health.
- Watering frequency depends on the type of tree. Some trees need more water than others, so you may need to re-evaluate how often you’re watering your new tree. The best way to determine whether or not your tree is getting enough water is by feeling its trunk and branches at different times throughout the day. If they feel dry after several hours, then it’s time for another round of watering!
- Don’t overdo it with too much water – this can cause root rot! Overwatering can also lead to drought stress in many cases as well; if there is too much moisture in the soil around their roots, trees will begin losing their ability to take up nutrients from deeper within themselves or from higher up on their trunks where leaves are located.
- Remember: a good rule of thumb for proper irrigation frequency is about when it feels dry!
Be observant during severe weather and look for storm damage that needs to be attended to as soon as possible.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you see storm damage, call a professional tree service to remove it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely a branch will fall on your property and cause damage. Likewise, if there are any fallen branches or limbs in your yard after severe weather, make sure someone removes them immediately.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything on your own, and it is much easier to learn about tree care when you have someone to talk with about the subject. If you have any questions or just want more information in general, make a post on Dibbs! Local experts will be able to look at your tree in question and provide the correct maintenance advice or quote for removal!