When looking over your yard, it’s easy to see where the various trees can use extra love and care. Hedges need trimmed, flowers need fertilized, mulch needs added and so on. What isn’t always on the top of people’s minds is their trees. In dry years and wet years, in winter and in summer, the trees on our property seem to be rather self-sufficient and take care of themselves. That is until something happens and then they have to be cut down. The fact is, there is actually quite a bit that can be done to make sure that the trees on your property will continue to grow, thrive, and add decades (or centuries) of beauty and shade to your yard.
Just as with people, trees need different types of nutrients at different times of their lives. Why is that? When trees are younger, they need the proper nutrients to grow out their root system. After this phase, branch and leaf development take priority and these require different types of nutrients. Are you growing the tree for its flowers or fruit? Those have different requirements as well in this phase of its life. Additionally, if the tree has specific needs due to it being sick or having some other issue, those nutritional areas have to be taken into consideration as well.
Not only is knowing what kinds of nutrients your tree needs important, but how to apply them varies on the circumstances. Applying too little does nothing and applying too much can damage the tree or surrounding plants. Also, what form of fertilizer plays a major role in its success.
Root Flare Excavation
Everyone knows that roots take up water and nutrients, but did you also know they take up oxygen? That’s right; roots breath too. Why is that so important? Over time, changes may occur that cause the root to not be able to take in oxygen efficiently. This can cause the tree to grow slowly, become more susceptible to pests due to stress on the plant, or even eventual death. There are various reasons as to why this may have happened. For instance, the tree may have been planted too deep in the first place. Also, soil erosion and buildup over the years can cause this as well. In any case, if you want your trees to be in top form, this needs to be addressed.
Because we are dealing with a very important part of the tree, care must be taken in addressing the problem. The best way to do this is by air spading. This is done by not tilling the soil but by making holes around the roots underground. This allows for the air to circulate, but note that this does not cause too much stress on the tree’s root system.
Tree Diseases and Pests
This is probably one of the most obvious situations you can find yourself with. They come in all sizes and shapes, but not only are spots and discolorations an eyesore, they can also be a sign of something possibly quite dangerous to the health of the tree itself. Some diseases, such as minor fungus spots on the leaves, are rather harmless, but take away from the appearance of the tree. Others can be a sign of a major infestation or infection. As more and more invasive diseases and insects are entering the country, keeping up-to-date on the signs and treatments becomes all the more important. In some parts of the country, not paying attention to the warning signs have caused property owners to have to cut down entire sections of forested areas.
Thankfully, most diseases or pests can be treated to insure the future health of the tree. These can range from spray treatments or removal of certain sections of the tree itself. As there are many types of tree diseases and plants, it’s vitally important to have a trained professional to make an assessment at the first sign of a problem so that the treatment will be effective, quick, and affordable.
Preventative Tree Care
Just as with our own health, we don’t have to wait before an emergency to start taking care of the trees on our property; an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. One way this can be done with trees is with preventative spraying. When done a few times a year, mild treatments can be used to ensure that certain insects, fungi and other harmful organisms stay away. Doing it this way prevents the need for harsher methods once an infestation has taken root. In addition, the tree will be healthy and beautiful all year-round
Another item people don’t think about is lightening protection. Everyone knows the danger of lightning striking a house or person, but what about trees? The fact is, trees are much more likely to be struck than anything else on your property. Not only could this damage or even kill the tree, but it could then affect the rest of your property as a result. Strategic planting, pruning, and even choosing the right varieties of tree on the property can save hassle and money in the future.
One of the most important aspects of tree care includes taking care of trees that produce food. These will need careful spray to keep insects at bay without harming the fruit. They will also need to be fed at certain times to insure you get a good harvest. Pruning them correctly will insure healthy fruit and higher yields. A professional consultation can help you make the most of your hobby orchard or professional set up.
Why Choose Lumberjack Tree Services
With tree care, a little effort can go a long way, but only if it’s done right. When you deal with trained, experienced professionals like our team, you are saving yourself time, money, and problems down the line. Often, a simple, creative solution will work better for you than a complex, expensive one. But the only way to know the best solution for your property is to contact professionals such as Lumberjack Tree Services, providing superior service in the greater Dallas Ft. Worth area.
We pride ourselves in over a decade of quality work and it shows with how happy our customers are. Call us today to see how we can make your home look even more impressive with our tree care and additional property services.