Caring For Your Trees
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Julius Sterling Morton – the founder of Arbor Day – believed in caring for trees as a way of life, while educating the public on the importance of conservation. SavATree agrees and provides helpful information for the growing season.
Tree pruning trains young trees to mature into a well-shaped and healthy part of your yard’s landscape. Tree pruning helps prevent corrective trees services, which can be expensive and unexpected. A full, healthy crown and strong, well-placed branches minimize the risk of emergency storm damage to the tree and your personal property.
For larger, more mature trees, it is essential that they be inspected and trimmed for optimal health. Dying or dead branches, overgrowth and interference (when one tree grows around and/or through another) can cause health issues and weaken trees – creating a safety hazard on your property. Also, some trees are more susceptible to disease than others. If they become infected and the disease is not pruned out, it can and will spread more deeply into the healthy parts of the tree.
Insect and disease management
Tree and shrub insect and disease protection begins with a comprehensive inspection of your entire landscape. During this inspection, your certified arborist will determine the overall health of your trees and shrubs – recommending the proper treatment at the proper time during the season.
Treatment for both tree and shrub pests are only effective when targeted for the type of tree or shrub, the specific pest and the overall objective. That is why utilizing products found at home improvement stores can be dangerous without first-hand knowledge.
Removing dead trees
Long before a tree finally perishes, it stops taking in nutrients and moisture – many times before the death of the tree is evident to the naked eye. The lack of nutrients and moisture quickly begins to dry the tree out, causing it to become brittle, unstable and perhaps most concerning, unsafe. As the tree dies, decay fungi begin to attack the wood, increasing the likelihood of failure.
Depending on the level of decay, a mild wind storm can cause limbs to break off or the entire tree to break free from its base. Large limbs are especially susceptible to breakage due to their weight and expanse, and can cause costly damage to decks/patios, vehicles, rooftops and people as they walk about the property.
As the growing season progresses, take note of any trees which are not emerging from dormancy and have a certified arborist determine the status of the tree.
Tree and shrub fertilization
Whether your landscape has new trees, mature trees or a mixture of both, trees in a cultivated environment require fertilization throughout their entire lifespan. The needs of young trees are different from the needs of mature trees and a certified arborist will know the differences and prescribe the appropriate application. Proper fertilization helps with root growth and development, provides necessary nutrients for the tree’s growth and health and strengthens the tree against disease and pest invasions.