There are certain things a tree owner must know to keep trees healthy and in the very best condition. Here are just a few:
Limit Staking Your Tree- Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree. Staking is usually done with love and with a desire to promote root and trunk growth and protect a young tree from harm. What some tree planters do not understand is, rather than helping a tree develop root and trunk growth, improper tree staking replaces a supportive trunk and root system with an artificial support that causes the tree to put its resources into growing taller but not growing wider.
Protect a Tree’s CRZ – Before starting a mulching project, become familiar with the critical root zone (CRZ) or tree protection zone. This zone is generally defined as the area under a tree and out to its drip line. Improving conditions in this protection zone will also result in major health benefits to a tree.
Mulch Your Tree – Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home owner can do for the health of a young tree. Mulches are materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels, temperature and moisture availability.
Fertilize Your Tree – Ideally, growing trees should be fertilized throughout the year. The greatest amounts should be applied during the early spring and summer months. Several light applications a year are preferred as the tree gets older.
Prune Your Tree – Pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form.
Storm Proof Your Tree – A tree is never in greater danger than during a storm. That can mean a threat from pounding rain and hail, from the fury of the wind, from the scorch of lightning or the weight of ice on branches and leaves. You may also have to remove a tree that endangers life and property during or after a storm.
Winterize Your Tree – Trees in fall are beginning their dormant phase. Trees may seem to be inactive but the fact is they need to be winterized – protected and cared for to remain healthy, free from diseases and insects.