HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TREES
Knowing how to take care of your trees is a very important part in maintaining the health and life span of your tree. Not only is it a valuable investment but also provide curb appeal and enhance your property value. Like your lawn, trees need periodic maintenance to fertilize and keep insects away. Our quality trained arborists and technicians will apply targeted treatment throughout the season to control damaging insects on select trees and shrubs.
What Your Tree Needs & Why
Think of tree care as an investment. For a healthy tree increases in value with age, increasing property values, beautifying landscapes and the surroundings, purifying our air, and saving energy by providing cooling shade from summer’s heat and protection from winter’s wind.
Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade, which are the two most common reasons for their use.
The benefits of trees can be grouped into environmental, social, communal, and economic categories. Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We like trees around us because they make life more pleasant. We feel peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove of trees. We often become personally attached to trees that we or those we love have planted. Because of their potential for long life, trees frequently are planted as living memorials.
Well planned and careful tree trimming are important processes that determine the production of fruit, foliage and flowers to the many varieties we enjoy. When done properly it will help in maintaining overall health, structure and reduce diseases they could be prone to. Here in Utah we have diverse species of trees that require maintenance year round so that we may enjoy them from season to season. Due to our location we are vulnerable to powerful storms that cause damage to buildings, vehicles and other surrounding structures which is why proper tree trimming is so important to reduce possible safety hazards.
Before Tree Planting & Buying
The selection of a tree is one of the most important investment decisions for a home owner or property owner. Extremely important for landscaping a new home or replacing a tree lost to disease or damage. Considering that most trees have the potential to outlive the people who plant them, the impact of this decision is one that can influence a lifetime. Match the tree to the site, and both lives will benefit. Trees and turf offer distinct personal, functional, and environmental benefits. Personal preferences for color, fragrance, and form should complement the functional properties of size, shape, density, and placement of plant material.
Proper Tree Pruning Techniques
There are a number of tree care techniques that are necessary in keeping the value of healthy long lasting trees.
These include: Planting, watering, importance of mulch, when you should prune, an annual pruning plan and how to identify pest and disease problems. Proper pruning affects the life span, strength and shape of your trees and should be applied to the beginning stages of planting and lasting through maturity. Arborist trained professionals provide the highest quality pruning of trees and manicured shrubs to give your landscape a fresh, clean, long lasting appearance that can be enjoyed for years to come.
When to Prune
Most routine prunings are to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs which can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. As a rule, growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush.
Some trees, such as birches and maples, tend to “bleed” if pruned in the early spring. A few tree diseases, such as oak wilt, can be spread when pruning wounds allow spores access into the tree. Susceptible trees should not be pruned during active transmission periods.
Making Proper Pruning Cuts – Pruning cuts are to be made just outside the branch collar. The branch collar contains trunk or parent branch which is not to be damaged or removed. If the trunk collar has grown out on a dead limb to be removed, make the cut just beyond the collar. Do not cut the collar.
Avoid heavy pruning after spring for growth flush. At that time, trees have just expended a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth. Removal of a large percentage of foliage at that time can stress the tree.
Seasonal Tree Service Programs
In order to protect the health of your trees and shrubs as well as to arm them with biological defenses such as disease resistance and ward off insects, it is important to create a seasonal tree service program that is customized to meet your individual needs. Season long insect control and fertilization will enhance and maintain health and longevity so that you are able to enjoy your landscape year round. These types of programs are important to identify potential problems before they have a chance to worsen or intensify. Get started today by contacting one of our professionals to find out what type of program would work best for you.