Landscaping helps to add an element of aesthetic appeal to your home while also improving your overall quality of life. It creates a personal oasis that draws your attention after a long day at work or even a trip out of town. Trees also are an essential part of the environment that contributes to our wellbeing. It is important to take care of your trees properly to ensure their health and survival.
There are a lot of myths about tree care that are floating around that many owners take as fact. Following a lot of these myths can inhibit a tree’s growth and even cause them to fail in some instances. To help you keep your greenery healthy, Five Star Tree Services has decided to debunk some common misconceptions and myths surrounding proper tree care.
Myth #1: Don’t Prune Your Trees in the Fall or Winter
The best time to prune trees is actually when there are no leaves on the branches. Pruning at the end of fall or during the warmer winter days will encourage new growth during the spring. Simply wait until the worst part of winter has passed before trimming or pruning your trees. There is also no danger of sap leaking and becoming frozen during the winter.
Our arborists make a point of passing along helpful important about tree care to our clients. We make an effort to spread out our scheduled tree pruning and maintenance sessions over each season, as opposed to only visiting in warm weather.
Myth #2: Only Water Trees Around the Trunk
A lot of property owners don’t even know where they first heard of this myth, but in actuality, trees soak up more water along the drip line. They do take some from just around the trunk, but most is absorbed through the ground that’s underneath the canopy of the tree, rather than directly at its base. To ensure that your tree roots are soaking up enough water from the drip line, use a slow soaker hose or Ross root feeder to keep your tree refreshed. Making sure your tree is properly watered will also help reduce or prevent stress-related tree damage.
Myth #3: Cutting off the Top of the Tree Triggers Growth
Tree topping or cutting off the crown of the tree is the worst action you can take for mature trees. Pruning should be done carefully, and the main branches of a tree should never be cut unless they have suffered severe damage or disease. Cutting the crown off a tree can cause long term damage or even cause the tree to fail.
How We Can Help
When it comes to proper tree care, Five Star Tree Services is here to help. We are dedicated to providing superior service to all of our clients. We offer comprehensive tree care, which includes tree shaping and pruning, tree consultations, tree health assessments, tree fertilization, hazard tree assessments, and tree removal in Richmond Hill and throughout the GTA. If you are interested in setting up an appointment, give us a call at (416) 990-3355.