August 14, 2022

Every outdoorsman and woman can appreciate the beauty of trees. They surround us in the outdoors; they give us a feeling of safety. However, despite how nice they look from the outside, your trees may need your help on the inside. Before you call an Arborist, there are a few ways to check your tree’s health yourself. There are many factors that can harm your tree – from too much rain and sun to not enough of either. We will go over a few easy ways that you can keep your trees for life.

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  1. Use Mulch to protect your tree. Mulch is especially effective for younger trees, but it can (and should!) be used to protect trees of all ages. Mulch offers a number of benefits to the tree, such as helping absorb water to keep the tree’s roots from thirst, preventing soil compaction, and reduces the number of weeds that will pop up around your tree that will compete with your tree’s roots.
  2. Make sure your trees are kept to an appropriate size. Yes, unfortunately, you may need to cut away at your beautiful tree, but it is for the greater good. A tree that has grown too wildly and in many directions is not only a danger to your home but is also a large life force the tree has to maintain. The tree may not be able to get enough sun or rain to sustain itself, and instead of losing a few branches, you lose a whole tree. And of course, there is the risk of branch or tree failure, which could result in property damage. Prune your trees effectively and timely.
  3. Fertilize your yard with high-quality fertilizer. This is an important factor in tree care, but not necessarily the MOST important. Fertilizer can be costly, yes, but it is full of nutrients that trees need to grow healthy and strong. If you want, you can even create your own homemade fertilizer!
  4. Water Water Water! The rule of thumb for healthy trees is approximately 25 gallons of water per week. This is the equivalent to 1.5 inches of rainfall each week. Tree experts also say that a few heavy waterings are better than many light waterings. So instead of watering your trees every day, do so 2-4 times a week instead. This may change in summer weather when constant watering is ideal.

If you follow these tips to the best of your abilities, you will be able to see your tree’s stay for a long time yet. However, trees are not invincible. Sometimes the best thing to do is just to remove a sick tree before it can fail and cause property damage or spread across your yard. If you do need to get a tree removed, make sure to call a qualified Arborist with the right tool – like the Capstan Portable Winch!

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