Tree Care and Maintenance can help with Human health and tree health
For our health for the value of our homes for the planet’s health and for our own health, tree health is essential. To be aware of the benefits of trees in fighting pollution and absorbing carbon dioxide from photosynthesis, you don’t need to be an eco-warrior. Our well-being is dependent on healthy trees.
Mature and new trees
We feel a connection to the past when we look at old trees. You could be right in the middle of a tree that was started or planted before you were even born.
It’s like something in our hearts is telling us to plant young trees and to take care of older trees. Trees that are still alive today were planted and maintained 500 years ago.
“We’re going forward, we want to leave some for the next generation”
Tree maintenance and care
Trees thrive when there is love, appreciation, and smiles, as well as practical and physical care.
Let’s now look at practical ways you can care for your trees.
Trees, and the Environment
Remember that trees are an integral part of the landscape. You need to be aware of how close buildings are and what space is available for growth. Also, you must ensure that the soil and quality are suitable for your tree stock. It all boils down to good gardening practices and ongoing care. It’s rewarding work, but don’t be discouraged.
5 useful tree care tips for your garden
These are our top 5 tips for tree management and care:
Care tip #1 – Watering young trees in drought
Two times during the tree’s life, you will need to water it: when it is young and when it is in drought.
For tree health, the first two seasons following planting are crucial. Five watering cans per week are sufficient to ensure that water gets down to the root system. Your soil type will affect how water is held.
If your common sense tells you that the tree is in danger, then it shouldn’t be watered.
Tip #2 – Mulching.
Mulch made from older wood chips, leaf mould, bark or well-rotted manure has three main benefits for your tree’s care, health, and maintenance. Biodegradable mulch is a good choice for:
- You should get rid of weeds that compete with soil nutrients and water.
- Retain moisture by slowing down the evaporation of water from the soil’s surface
- Provide a slow-release fertilizer
The mulch should be placed in a circular pattern around the tree, about 4 inches deep. Mulch should be placed in a circle around the tree, about 4 inches deep. Mulching (best applied in late spring or autumn) has the additional benefit of acting as a tidy border that reduces the amount of time needed to maintain the garden.
Tree Care Tip #3 – Weeding Young Trees
Your garden is always in competition. Nearby plants, such as grasses and weeds, are constantly looking for nutrients and light. Keep your tree trunk at least 3 feet in diameter, and free from turf or other plants.
When weeds are in their growth spurt, spring is a good time to hoe, pull, or hand weed. This will give your trees a fighting chance for survival.
You can also buy weed suppressant groundcovers or landscaping fabric to kill existing weeds and stop new growth.
Tree Care Tip #4 – Protecting Young Trees
After you have planted your tree, the protection work begins. Protect your tree from:
Protectors and tree boards are great for protecting your trees. Protecting your trees from chemical damage requires careful application. Wind stress can be decreased by using tree stakes or ties.
- Equipment for lawn care – Strimmers and lawn mowers that cause damage to the bark layer behind the trunk can hinder water absorption and allow pests and diseases easy access.
- Chemical damage – Pesticides and herbicides that are used in other parts of the garden may cause tissue to be burned.
- Wind damage – Strong winds in exposed areas can stress, bend or kill young trees.
Tree safety is also at stake here. It’s important to have a professional look at it.
Tree pruning refers to the removal of dead or damaged branches. It increases the quality of your flowers, the health of the wood and the availability of fruit. Proper pruning helps to control the tree’s size in relation to your garden space and reduces disease. Three main tasks should be performed when pruning trees:
“Where tree health is tree safety”
- Crown thin – The crowning of smaller branches allows more light to enter the tree and reduces wind resistance.
- Crown lifting or crown lift – The removal of lower branches in order to allow more light or better access below the tree.
- Crown reduction – This is a way to reduce the height and spread the crown of the tree, so it fits in better and lets more light through. It also helps to reduce the stress caused by so much timber.
A qualified tree surgeon will examine your tree and give you advice and explanations. This tip is as easy as dialling the phone.
Tree care and maintenance are equally important for humans (some of whom may not be yet born) as they are for trees.
Your garden can be a source of joy with the right mix of professional and DIY help. Get in touch if you have any questions about how to prune your tree.
“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”