In the tree maintenance industry, a sad reality is that a lot of dead, sick, or damaged trees didn’t have to end up that way. With a little maintenance and some know-how, it’s possible to keep almost any tree alive, indefinitely.
But, obviously, not everybody is a budding arborist, even when you own a house with gorgeous trees in it. And that’s fair, but it is important to know how to take care of your trees from an early age in order to get a healthier, more rewarding lifespan out of them.
So join us, today, as we bring you our five-point young tree care checklist, and learn everything you need to keep your plants thriving from an early age.
Have A Cleaning Routine
Trees need cleaning, just like anything else in our homes. The first step in maintaining them and safeguarding against damage and decay is to adopt a regular cleaning routine.
Begin by cleaning your tree in the following ways, from as early as you can in their lifespan:
- Remove debris like sticks, leaves, and fallen fruit from around your tree.
- Once cleared, regularly inspect the trunk for indicators of diseases or pests. Molds, fungi, rot, and lacerations are all bad signs, and a certified arborist can help you confirm what they are early, which is crucial.
- Remove foreign objects from your tree as soon as you can. There’s nothing wrong with hanging holiday decorations, but don’t leave these up as they can hinder growth.
A Note On Mulching
Using mulch to help grow your tree is an active step you can take, retaining soil moisture and suppressing weed growth for better overall health. For young trees up to the age of ten years old, it can also help trees absorb nutrients, which has obvious health benefits.
- Lay down a layer of mulch between three and four inches thick.
- Pull this mulch layer back from your tree trunk, to release heat and moisture from directly next to the tree.
- Remove grass and weeds that could be damaging or competing with your tree for nutrients.
Prune Your Tree
Pruning is a tree care topic that makes many people nervous because, well, we don’t naturally associate cutting things off with making things healthier. It’s all about timing, though: the best time to prune is during winter, when trees slow or stop their growth. But this is just the best opportunity – don’t put off pruning if your structural integrity becomes an issue in the summer months. Any time of year will do in a pinch.
Identify and remove damaged, dead, or sick branches. These will not be difficult to identify, as they’ll be lacking leaves and may appear dry or brittle.
- Inspect limbs for damage and disease.
- Look for limbs that appear that may pose issues to visibility.
- When in doubt, contact an arborist.
Take some time to adjust your sprinkler system if water is pooling near your trees or running off without getting close to them. Many people put this off, but it can make a serious difference to your tree growth.
Young trees often require more water than their older counterparts. That said, however, standing water or constant sprays foliage can contribute to fungal diseases, as well as trunk or root rot.
- Adjust your sprinklers to avoid direct spraying.
- Scout for poor soil drainage, where water may be pooling.
Contact A Professional
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is reach out and connect with someone who specializes in your problem. All the passion in the world isn’t going to make you an expert in exotic fungi or strange tree diseases. When you’re not sure, it’s time to call in a pro.
Young Tree Care: Get Started Today!
For expert tree maintenance service in the Volusia County area, get in touch with Tree Worx today, and start getting more out of your tree.