Mature trees are a valuable asset in your yard for several reasons. Not only do they provide curb appeal, making your home look beautiful, they also offer additional benefits like shade or keeping your home cool during the summer months. Tree replacement and services can be very costly, so it’s important to protect your investments by keeping your trees as healthy as possible and investing in the long-term look of your yard.
Prune Your Trees
Pruning a tree means to cut off dead branches so that you can stimulate growth. But did you know that you can prune your tree at any time of the year, even during the dead of Winter when the tree has halted it’s growth period? Pruning can be a way that you can thin out your tree and remove some of the dead or diseased limbs. This can be important because it prevents overcrowding with our limbs, which can stimulate growth and give your tree some curb appeal. It’s important not to get too carried away or you can do more damage to the tree. Hiring an expert to do some meticulous pruning can save you the headache or stress of trying to do it yourself!
Feed Your Trees
Giving your tree the right nutrients and water is important to not only stimulate growth, but also keeps your tree healthy. Trees need fertilizer to not only help them grow strong and tall, but it can also make them more resilient. They are much more likely to stand-up to diseases and pests. Watering your tree is also essential to its health. If you’re wondering how much water you should give your tree, it primarily depends on the soil and also your climate. Obviously, regions with more rainfall require less watering! If you’re going through a particularly dry spell or drought, pay attention to watering your trees more often. During Colorado’s Winter months, there’s no need to water your tree during these dormant months when there isn’t a growing period. Summer months, where Colorado can be much more dry is when you want to make sure that your soil around the tree is moisturized.
Mulch Around Your Trees
Mulch is often something that most people forget when thinking about tree health. Mulch, such as wood chips, pine needles, grass clippings, bark, or gravel offer several benefits. It can prevent weeds from getting enough sunlight, which will keep all of the nutrients going to your tree instead of using it all up for their own growth. Mulch also keeps the soil moist. This will ensure that all the nutrients stay around the tree and that it doesn’t get washed away during those Summer rains. Mulch can keep the soil from becoming too compact. It helps reduce compaction that might occur in areas with lots of foot traffic.
Protect the Roots
Healthy roots are so important for a tree’s health. As mentioned above, compaction of the soil can impact a tree’s health. One of the ways that trees get nutrients into their tree roots is through oxygen. A tree’s roots needs air space to get oxygen, when a tree’s soil is compacted through foot traffic or even near-by construction, it can halt the tree’s ability to get proper water, oxygen, and fertilizer into the root system.
Healthy roots are essential for healthy trees, which means healthy soil is also critical. Oxygen is necessary for nutrient absorption by tree roots, which is why healthy soil has air space. Compacted soil is one of the biggest threats to tree roots because compaction impedes water infiltration and oxygen into the root zone.
What to Do Next
If you’re concerned about the health of your tree, be sure to reach out to one of our professionals who can help give a proper diagnosis or give guidance on how you can better protect your trees and keep them in tip-top shape for years to come!