It’s safe to say that when people plant trees, the objective is to have them grow big and strong. Some trees are hardier than others but overall, you can help all trees thrive. Our team at Five Star Tree Services wants to go over ways to improve your trees’ health, so they can be healthy and grow for a long time.
Location, Location, Location
Planting your tree in its ideal location is the first and best thing you can do for it. It’s a great way of preventing many complications in the future and for its whole life. Where you plant your tree is going to impact it, whether that’s positive or negative depends on if you place it in a correct location. Selecting a tree that is able to grow in your region is the first step. The next is where you decide to plant it in your yard. Some trees require full sun, whereas others don’t need as much. You also need to consider the size it will grow to and leave it enough space for when it is mature. Before you dig into the ground, check the surrounding area for things like electric cables, utility lines underground, and make sure it’s a safe distance from your home. It’s also important to not plant it too deep.
Give It the Appropriate Amount of Water
Different trees require different amounts of water and different watering schedules. This is also the same for a lot of plants. Regular watering is vitally important. You can’t always count on the rain to water your trees. Make sure to pay attention to the weather and water when necessary. As a general rule, mature trees require about an inch of water every 7 days. Whereas new, young trees need about 15-38 liters of water per week from spring to early fall. But make sure not to overwater your trees, as this has negative consequences.
Mulch is Your Best Friend
There are so many positive benefits to using mulch. Firstly, it helps to protect your tree roots. It also protects them from yard equipment. All the while helping to retain moisture. Mulch also keeps grass and weeds away from the roots. You should be using about 2-4 inches of mulch around the base of your trees. But make sure you keep it away from touching the trunk.
In the forest, decaying trees and plant life help to nourish and provide minerals in the soil around growing trees. But when we have trees in our yards, these natural minerals are absent since we rake them away in order to provide aesthetic. This is where fertilizing comes in and helps with the absence of natural things. Consistently use a moderate amount of fertilizer around your trees to provide needed nutrients in the soil. It’s also a good idea to test the nutrients within your soil to see if anything is missing or if there is too much of something. This will allow you to adjust your fertilizer accordingly to help your trees thrive.
Regular pruning not only helps with the overall appearance and esthetic of trees, but it also helps improve the structure and stability of your trees. Dead branches are removed, and any troublesome organisms are spotted and removed as well. The best time to prune is when your tree is “hibernating” during the winter months. If you must prune when the weather is warm, focus on small clean-up projects and only take little, dead, or damaged twigs from it, no major branches should come down at this time as it can harm the tree more than help it. Removing these small twigs will help it produce new twigs and leaves. In order to get the best results, prune regularly.
Yearly Wellness Check
You should be scheduling a yearly wellness checkup with your local, professional, arborist. While examining your trees, they can spot signs of illness. If caught early enough, they can treat it and save your tree. This is why you need a qualified professional arborist to check your trees, as they are knowledgeable with these issues and will know what to do to help your tree.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
In order for your trees to live and thrive, it’s important to utilize all these tips above. Our team at Five Star Tree Services can help you with all your tree needs! Give us a call at (416) 990-3355 if you want our assistance with your Tree Care in Toronto!