"When it comes to trees, though, they can be quite deceiving. They stand there quietly, seemingly inanimate objects when, in reality, they are very much alive and require care and maintenance to stay in tip-top shape."

How to Keep Your Trees in Tip-Top Shape

What a lovely feeling it is when you have a home of your own and a wonderful backyard where you have the chance to have a beautiful garden and even some trees.

When it comes to trees, though, they can be quite deceiving. They stand there quietly, seemingly inanimate objects when, in reality, they are very much alive and require care and maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. This is why we’re going to provide you with the best advice so that your trees are always well cared for. 

Location Matters

If you’re still going to plant a tree, then this should be pretty straight forward. However, if you already have a tree in your garden but find that it’s in the wrong spot, you need to get people in to move it without damaging it or the roots.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding on the perfect spot for your tree so that it stays healthy and safe. Remember that a tree grows to be quite large, so plan ahead.

Look at where the electric lines are and make sure that it’s well out of the way. Think about where you’d like to have sunlight and where you’d like to have the shade, and this will also help you determine the position. 

Get a Professional Involved

You should definitely do your research and learn everything there is to know about the tree in your garden so that you’re able to give it the best care possible. However, it’s just as important to get a professional involved so that they can also guide you.

You’ll find that any well-known company that specializes in tree services will be able to do certain things that you can’t and will also have a ton of information under their belt. This way, you can learn a lot more about the right thing to do, when, and how to do it. 

Add Mulch

Mulch is anything that can help insulate and enrich the soil surrounding the tree. This could include compost, decaying leaves, and bark, so it should be relatively easy for you to find. Placing mulch around your tree is important because it prevents grass and weeds from growing close to the tree. This is important because you don’t want either taking any of the essentials away from the tree’s roots, which it needs to grow.

Many people make the mistake of adding mulch right next to the trunk of the tree. This can alter the Ph levels of the soil and ultimately kill the tree. Place the mulch around the tree at least 3 inches away from the trunk.

Prune Them Regularly

Once your tree has passed the 3-year mark, you can start thinking about pruning it. You don’t just prune your tree so that it looks nicer; the main reason for pruning is to make sure that the balance of water and nutrients is not compromised as the tree’s branches and leaves grow and expand.

It’s important to remember that if you plan on pruning your tree, you stay away from cutting off the branches incorrectly. The right place to cut is where the collar ends and the branch begins. This way, you’re not leaving any stubs behind.

Stubs can actually expose your tree to pest and disease issues. Another useful tip is to pay attention to branches that grow in the tree’s direction – these are the right ones to prune so that there’s no messy crossover with the branches as they grow. 

Care for the Roots

The roots of any tree are its essence and where it obtains all of its water and nutrients, so you have to make sure you understand the best way to protect and take care of them. Naturally, you have to ensure that your soil is perfect for your tree’s roots.

If it is packed too tightly, this means we’re dealing with compacted soil, and compacted soil prevents any water, oxygen, or nutrients from flowing into the tree’s roots. 

Water Them Properly

You might think that watering your tree is simple enough. Still, every different tree is like an individual, and you need to understand how much water it needs before doing it because you don’t want to under or over water it as these cases will lead to its death.

The amount of water usually depends on how old the tree is because you want to make sure it reaches the roots, and the older a tree gets, the deeper the roots go.

New trees need much more water, between four to ten gallon approximately every week. Once a tree reaches the two-year mark, you need to cut it down because the roots will be stronger.

If you have rainfall, then you don’t really have to water the older trees. Either way, it’s best to research the kind of tree you have and its species to get a more accurate insight into how exactly you should water it. 

Don’t Forget to Fertilize

Your tree needs fertilizer; the slow-release kind would be best. You might be wondering why you need to fertilize the tree when no one does that in the wild – the answer to that is that you don’t have wild animals running around naturally fertilizing the soil.

Plus, you’re probably raking to maintain your garden, so it’s not getting all the nutrients it needs.

Taking care of your tree is just like taking care of any other living thing. It needs care and attention, and it needs to be maintained regularly. Make sure that you take the advice provided here.

Also, make sure that you do some research on the particular kind of tree that you have because they may have special needs that you have to address. You’ll find that with the right kind of care, your tree will live a long, healthy life. 

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you branding agency, Employed By Life Online.
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