Mature trees are a valuable asset to any landscape as they take years to establish and become beautiful elements that provide shade and year-round benefit to wildlife. It’s important to keep your trees healthy to invest in the long-term look of your landscape. Follow these steps to ensure that your trees stay healthy and will survive extreme weather conditions for years to come.
- Know your trees’ needs. Research and make note of what species of trees are on your lawn, and what they require. It’s important to understand how much water the tree needs, if the tree is drought tolerant, what type of soil it prefers, or what the tree is sensitive to. This knowledge will help in maintaining optimal health. If you aren’t sure what’s growing in your yard, give us a call! We’d be happy to determine what types of trees are in your lawn and create a customized health care routine for you.
- Protect the roots. Healthy roots are essential for healthy trees, which is why it’s important to protect the roots and soil within the critical root zone of your tree. The critical root zone is defined by the drip line of the tree, which in essence is where the tree’s branches extend to. Roots within this area are sensitive, which means you shouldn’t compact soil or change the grade of soil within this area.
- Prune properly. The best time to prune your trees is during the dormant winter season before they push out new growth in the spring. Pruning will remove dead or broken branches; however it’s a good idea to hire a professional to help out with this process.
- Water effectively. A best practice for watering trees is an infrequent, deep watering. You want to give them a good, deep soak occasionally, rather than a frequent misting. Additionally, your trees do not need extra watering in the dormant season unless they’ve been recently planted.
If you have a sick or declining tree or simply want to proactively consult with a professional arborist regarding your tree’s health, please contact Jones Road Tree Service today by filling out our online tree services form, or call us at 281-469-0458.