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Old Friends—Caring for the Trees on Your Property

Trees are just as much a part of your garden as flowers or other plants. They tend to get overlooked because trees don’t always bloom and when they’re on the older side upkeep can be tedious. Be good to your plants and they’ll be good to you. You can enjoy your trees for years to come with just a bit of regular maintenance.


Check for Bugs

Unfortunately there are several species of bug that thrive in and around wood. You will likely encounter additional species if you have fruit trees in your yard. You don’t have to invest in expensive chemicals to keep them away. Sometimes nature can take care of the issue for you. Birds and beneficial insects can eat annoying pests. Bagging immature plants allows them to grow without bugs interfering.

Address Invasive Species

An invasive species is any non-native organism. Vines are a particularly nasty species to contend with. They can stunt a tree’s growth and are difficult to remove. Invasive species often produce excess seeds and have a different growing schedule than the rest of the plants in your garden. Identifying guides are a great first step. It’s best to call a tree service if you suspect that these unwelcome guests have arrived.

Prune Them Back

Trees need a regular trim just like humans do. Get rid of diseased or rotting branches to make the rest of the tree healthier. It also protects you: loose branches could strike your home during a storm. Wait to prune until later in the year so you don’t weaken fresh sprouts. Avoid pruning too close to the trunk to allow the wound to heal properly. Hand pruners are best for smaller projects. A “bypass pruner” looks like a large pair of scissors. It should be used for flowering trees and shrubs. For difficult jobs you can turn to a company like Pete & Ron’s Tree Service, Inc. to assist with your pruning needs.

Talk to Your Neighbors

Not all trees exist just on one property. Long, drooping branches could hang into your neighbor’s yard. It is helpful to talk to them about this. Work together to develop a tree maintenance action plan. You can only trim up to the property line. If you both agree that the tree is becoming overgrown than look at who owns the tree. Ask permission before you start trimming into your neighbor’s property.

Trees yield more than shade. A house surrounded by trees looks very cozy. Old trees have a pleasant and distinct character. It is worth the investment to take care of them.


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 three-year-old husky, Snowball.


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