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Trees on Your Property Becoming a Hassle? Here’s How to Deal With Them

Many homeowners love having a wooded lot. They can admire the natural wonders of nature and the practical benefits of shade and aesthetic appeal to their property. But trees can cause problems for various reasons. Some lose branches during storms. They drop leaves all over the yard in autumn. Disease can strike and kill one or several trees. Here are some tips to help you deal with tree issues.

Trees on Your Property Becoming a Hassle_ Here's How to Deal With Them

Take Care of Them

Although trees are generally self-sufficient, they may need occasional human help to survive a bad season to heat, cold, flooding, or drought. Young trees or small ones might need protection against strong winds by staking the trunk to keep it straight. Extra watering might be needed during the summer. Insect nests or pest invasions should be dealt with to protect the trees from damage. If the roots are visible, look for signs of decay or other problems. A healthy tree is less likely to cause hassles.

Be Proactive

Inspect your trees every few months to catch problems early. Evidence of insects means you may need to treat the trees with pesticides. Woodpeckers can be frightened away by hanging an aluminum pie pan from a low bough. If the leaves show signs of fungus, spray the tree with a fungicide product. Remove dry or dead branches to keep them from crashing down during a storm especially if they are overhanging your roof or a neighbor’s property as well as limbs that are approaching a power line. Prune deadwood to keep the tree healthy and well nourished.

Protect Your Trees

Avoid hanging children’s swings or other play equipment on a tree branch that might not be able to hold the weight. Shelter your trees against harsh winter winds and drifting snow by putting up a seasonal wind break made of vinyl that is staked into the ground. Avoid screwing or nailing things into the trunk, like a sign or a bird feeder. The small opening isn’t harmful, but it may invite insects that could cause problems.

Consult a Tree Expert

For more information on these and other tree care concerns, contact a professional tree nursery or tree care expert. With skill, experience, and equipment, they can handle tasks like those listed above if you don’t have the time or know-how to do them.

A well-cared-for tree is an accent to your property and a tribute to you as a homeowner.


Author Bio:  Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.

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