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How To Take Care of Trees: New and Old

If you’re fortunate enough to have trees on your property, then you want to do all you can to take care of them. Whether they’re new or old, they provide visual beauty, shelter to wildlife, shade, and reduced humidity. They’re also likely to boost your property value. Knowing how to keep them healthy, strong, and full of vigor means you’ll enjoy them longer.

How To Take Care of Trees_ New and Old

Don’t Hang Things

It can be tempting to hang things from big, branchy trees. From flags to clothes to hammocks, using your outdoor space for decoration, utility, and sheer fun seems like it could make the most of the space. Then again, putting any weight on the branches that they’re not used to can mean making them more likely to break if they endure it too long. Even if they don’t break, they might weaken and grow awkwardly in ways that make the tree not nearly as strong or healthy as it could be. So consult an expert if you are concerned with hanging something.

Get Expert Help

Residential tree care professionals can be a great resource to turn to for many things. Routine inspections of your trees can give you a professional opinion as to their status and health. They can also make specific care recommendations you might employ through the seasons. And they can also do selective pruning at the right times to help the trees with their shape and health.

Remember the Roots

Tree roots often extend as far as the canopy. If you can, mulch the visible roots near the trunk to preserve moisture in the soil and give them a protective layer. Always remember the potential for roots when digging up anything in the yard. Roots are as essential as the branches for the tree to draw moisture and nutrients.

Protect the Bark

Whether you are weeding with a string trimmer or mowing and letting the yard waste fly free, take care to avoid impacts with the tree trunk. This is especially true at low levels close to the ground where animals might take advantage. At any height, tree wounds can be an invitation for disease and infection that harms the whole tree.

The best thing you can do for your trees is to identify what species they are. Once you know that, you can learn about their growth cycles, their needs, and what problems they are prone to. That information will go a long way towards caring for them in specialized ways that help them a lot.


Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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