6 Tree Care Tips and Techniques

A green yard full of trees is a treasure to be valued and cared for. Trees are great for absorbing carbon dioxide but also for blocking wind and cutting costs on utility bills.
As a tree grows larger, it starts giving more benefits. However, older trees have their own set of issues. They require more attention and maintenance to protect them from storms and insects. Therefore, here, we give you a low-down on six tree care tips and techniques to help you keep your trees safe and healthy.

Watch where you dig

Construction at the wrong place is the biggest killer of mature trees. Even when construction is taking place at a distance from trees, remember that an old tree’s root system extends beyond the farthest branches. Using heavy equipment can damage roots and kill the tree over time.

Mulch regularly

Mulching is the process of adding organic or inorganic material to keep the soil healthy. Regularly mulch the base of your trees by putting a 1-4 inch layer of biodegradable materials such as shredded bark, autumn leaves, cardboard, and pine needles. It will keep the growth of weed in check and retain moisture within the soil, adding to its fertility.

Don’t overwater or overfertilize

Mature trees have deep root systems, and they require little assistance with food and water. New trees younger than three or four years benefit from additional fertilizing and regular watering, but this can damage large trees. Water them only when the soil is dry and keep inspecting for insect infestations.

Know your trees

Even though large trees do not require much attention, it's a good idea to keep a watchful eye for diseases and infestations. Most infections are specific to individual species. Diagnosing the problem during the initial stage will keep your tree healthy after proper treatment is administered by a professional.

Keep grass and shrubs away

Growing grass and shrubs near the tree trunk will compete with the tree for nutrients, water, and air and win. All you need to do is regularly mulch around the tree while keeping grass and shrubs away, especially if your trees are young.

Prune wisely

Pruning enhances the structure and strength of a tree as it involves cutting dead or infected branches. However, in the case of large trees, it is alright not to prune. Regular cuts are essential for young trees. But as a tree gets older, it is crucial to make thinning cuts to keep them growing

Call professional arborists from Seacoast Tree Care

Seacoast Tree Care offers a complete range of tree removal and tree care services in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Other than tree removal, we offer tree pruning, cabling, fertilizing, preservation, and root collar excavation services. You can trust our university-trained arborists to keep your garden healthy and happy. You can call us at 603-431-0101 or 978-225-6644 or email us at info@seacoasttreecare.com to know more.

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