Trees are beautiful and they can add so much to a yard; whether they are a flowering species or a hardwood used for shade, trees can add aesthetic and financial value to your property. However, trees do require a lot of care and maintenance – from the planting to the removal, it pays to have professional help and knowledge to keep your yard looking its best. Here are tricks that the pros know. For further tips and hacks for tree care and general advice from arborists – especially if you happen to live in the Canadian province of Alberta – check out Chipps Tree Care in Edmonton and their awesome blog.
Deciding what type of tree you would like to plant is always difficult; it takes some research to discover whether a coniferous or a deciduous tree would be best for your location. Be sure that you choose a healthy tree before planting, no matter what type of tree you finally decide on. Most young trees like lots of sunlight and should not be overshadowed, so deciding where you would like to plant it is a very important decision. Be sure to check if your soil is compatible with the tree and remember: not all trees will thrive in your climate, so you need to confirm that your yard is the right environment. The tree will need room for its roots to grow both out and down and until it is established and healthy, the tree will need to be watered. Check to see where your utility lines are located and choose a location that will not become a problem as the tree grows to its full height. Mulch your tree close to the trunk after it is planted.
Pruning begins just after you plant and should continue through the life of the tree. It is essential to the health and beauty of your tree. After you plant, remove broken branches or branches that look like they are competing with the leader and make sure to trim any swollen branches that look like they have insect eggs or stings; remove any tree tags; leave as many leaves as possible to help establish a strong root system. Good pruning evolves as the tree grows, this includes a 3-4 year pruning, a 5-7 year pruning, and maintenance pruning after 15 years of growth. Proper pruning can enhance and prolong your tree while improper pruning can be very harmful.
Deep Root Fertilizing
Deep Root Fertilization involves use of an auger to create holes strategically around your tree to be filled with slow-release, liquid fertilizer in order to boost the health of your tree. It takes about a half a gallon of fertilizer for each hole. Always refill the holes with dirt once each hole is treated.
DIY Or Hire Help?
Whether it is tree planting, tree pruning, or deep root fertilization, caring for your trees can be a daunting task. It may be to the tree’s and your own best advantage to hire an arborist or a tree care company to perform these services. Check to see if they are properly certified with an ISA certification. These companies can also provide stump removal and tree removal services if the situation is dire.
August 23, 2017