Tree Planting & Health Care
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Non-Chemical Health Care
Whenever possible, we don’t use chemicals to fertilize or treat pests or diseases. Instead, we look at your yard holistically and see how we can improve your mini-ecosystem. Being around buildings and roads is tough on trees and frequently they don’t get the nutrients they need. Mulch is a great way to supplement your tree’s nutritional needs, and we can drop off mulch to your house for free. Application of mulch can be included when we are already working on trees at your house.
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There are many ways to do non-chemical tree health care. Here are a few examples:
- Mulch around the base of your trees. This will help to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate the roots from extreme temperatures. Use a layer of mulch that is 2-3 inches thick and extend it out to the drip line of the tree.
- Water your trees regularly. Trees need about 1 inch of water per week, more during hot, dry weather. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
- Fertilize your trees in the spring. Use a slow-release fertilizer that is specifically designed for trees. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can damage the roots.
- Prune your trees regularly. This will help to remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches, and to maintain the tree’s shape and structure.
- Inspect your trees regularly for pests and diseases. If you see any signs of a problem, contact a certified arborist for advice.
The best time to trim is during a tree’s dormant season, which is typically from late fall to early spring. This is because the tree is not actively growing during this time, so it is less likely to be stressed by pruning, planting, or other treatments.
Sometimes a tree requires chemical treatments to manage insects or diseases; there are specific times of the year that this must be done and it varies based on the tree and its needs.
Here are some things you can do to keep your trees healthy:
- Water properly. Trees need regular watering, especially during the first few years after planting. Water deeply and slowly, allowing the water to soak into the soil. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
- Mulch. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and protect tree roots from damage. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips, bark mulch, or compost, around the base of your trees. Be sure to keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree, as this can encourage pests and diseases.
- Fertilize. Trees need nutrients to grow and stay healthy. Fertilize your trees in the spring and fall, using a balanced fertilizer that is appropriate for the type of tree and soil conditions.
- Prune regularly. Pruning helps to remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches, as well as branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Pruning also helps to improve the shape and structure of the tree. Prune your trees in the late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.
- Inspect your trees regularly. Look for signs of pests, diseases, or damage. If you see any problems, contact a certified arborist for advice on how to treat them.
Here are some additional tips for keeping your trees healthy:
- Plant trees in the right location. Choose a planting site that gets enough sunlight and has well-drained soil.
- Avoid damaging tree roots. Be careful when mowing or digging around trees.
- Protect trees from winter damage. Wrap young trees in burlap or other protective material during the winter.
- Water trees during periods of drought.
By following these tips, you can help your trees to stay healthy and thrive for many years to come.