Top 3 Tree Care Tips You Must Know

Whether they are in your backyard or deep in the Amazon rain forest, trees need to be properly cared for in order to ensure a healthy ecosystem for future generations. The following tips were provided by the owner of a Jacksonville tree service company that specializes in all aspects of tree care. It is his contention that you will not find bigger advocates for the future of trees than those who are typically responsible for having them removed.

Here are a 3 tips for promoting tree health:

Finding the right tree

This is the most important part. You need to choose the proper tree and plant it in the proper place. You need to avoid planting trees under the utility lines or near houses because as it grows, the branches are growing as well. This can cause some trouble when there is a storm and could cause accidents. You must know the purpose of the tree: is it for shade, privacy, a street tree or others. Consider the weather and the location where you need to plant the trees for safety? Other things to consider are the sun exposure and soil conditions.

Do not forget to mulch your tree

If it is a young tree that you plant, there is something most beneficial to keep it healthy. The method is mulching. Mulching is placing materials in the soil surface so it will improve the structure of the soil, the oxygen levels, moisture availability and temperature. If properly applied, the mulching can give the landscape a well-groomed look. You must choose the right materials so it will not cause harm to your young trees and the other plants.

Water and fertilize your trees

Proper watering of young trees is essential so they will grow healthy and strong. There should be enough amount of water to be supplied to your young trees so there will enough water that they can absorb, but over watering can harm them. For newly planted young trees it is important to water immediately right after planting the tree. It will be in the first two years that you significantly water trees.

Fertilizing is also important so that as the tree grows older, it will grow healthy and tough. There is a significant amount of fertilizer to be applied and it is done during early spring and summer months.

Those are only the top 3 tree care tips that you must know. There are still so many things that you need to know when you plant trees. Aside from the tree care tips, think of the surroundings where the trees will be planted. You must consider the safety of the houses and other establishments. Planting trees should be in a place where safety matters. It must be safe from electrical lines, other trees, and also from houses that could get trouble when the branches are near the top of the house.

Tree Pruning Basics

Tree Pruning is the selective removal of certain branches in a tree or shrub. Proper pruning generally is performed to remove hazardous limbs or branches, dead or diseased limbs, enhance structural integrity of the tree or allow for clearance over obstacles or a view. There are several different types of pruning, all for different reasons. Proper pruning may include the following:

1. Crown Cleaning: Removing dead, diseased, broken and weakly attached limbs.

2. Crown Thinning: Focuses also in the removal of branches throughout the outer crown to increase light penetration and air movement through the canopy.

3. Crown Raising or “Elevation”: Removal of selected lower limbs of the canopy usually to improve clearance for views or “vistas,” or for other human needs. Most arborist don’t advocate removing a limb without a valid arboricultural reason.

For those of you who are interested in learning more in-depth about tree trimming/pruning, check out the video below.

Signs of a Sick Tree

Signs of a Sick Tree

If it’s not obvious, here at RSA Trees, we love our trees!  They provide our homes with shade, distinction and beauty. However, they can’t speak to us and tell us when they aren’t healthy.  We need to read their language in order to know. We don’t want to cut them down without reason, of course, however a sick tree can pose a serious threat to our homes and families. Take for example the Virginia-Highland mother and two sons who were killed by a 100-year old falling tree during a thunder storm in 2003. Afterward, it was discovered that the root system  was severely damaged by root rot fungus. Sick or infested trees often display the following symptoms:

  • Mushroom-type fungi growing at the base of the trunk, or on the ground near the tree’s base
  • Sawdust along the trunk base or root zone
  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
  • Inconsistent foliage growth in different areas of the tree, such as heavier foliage in one part of the crown or few leaves at the extreme top of the crown in comparison to the lower part of the crown.
  • Hollow or decayed areas
  • Wilted, spotted, or discolored leaves
  • Abnormal growth on trunk, branches, or twigs
  • Insect damage
  • Dead branches
  • Man-made cuts

Using the words “arborist” and “hero” in the same sentence is a bit of a stretch but these folks are always working behind the scenes in our communities and parks working to maintain the trees and foliage to ensure the safety of the public. Prevention is always a priority when it comes to tree safety. If they can prevent a tree’s condition from worsening, they will utilize all their training and expertise to do so. If a tree is a lost cause, they will remove it promptly to extinguish a dangerous situation.

Trees are the past and the future

Trees are the past and the future

Most people know that trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen thereby cleaning the air and making it easier for us to breathe. Trees are the source of wood products, fruit and nuts, and provide homes for various wildlife. There are other benefits that you might not be familiar with:

Natural climate control

Strategically placed trees can help homeowners save on their heating and cooling bills. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. A large tree shading the west side of your home furnishes a $6.70 return on cooling savings for every dollar you spend on the tree. Trees planted in a row as a windbreak can reduce wind speed by 85 percent, thereby reducing heating costs.

Increase real estate values

When you go to sell your house, keep in mind that properties with nice trees are worth more than homes without trees. According to some studies, one tree in the front yard adds one percent to the sale price. Landscaping, especially trees, can increase property values 6 to 20 percent. On the other hand, poorly maintained trees can be as big of a turnoff as lots with no trees and can reduce the perceived value of a property.

More retail sales

If you own a retail business, here’s something you should know. Research shows that well-landscaped business areas with nice trees induces shoppers to pay up to 12 percent more for the goods and services being offered.

Crime reduction

A study by the University of Illinois found that when it comes to cases of domestic violence between two public housing projects, the one with more trees had fewer reported cases and also had reports of higher self-esteem.

Better health

Workers whose desk did not have views of trees had 23 percent more illness than those with windows overlooking trees. When hospital patients have views of trees they require fewer pain relievers and heal quicker. Some hospitals have “healing gardens”, a green space with trees, shrubs, flowers and benches where patients can relax and feel better. The hospital realizes that healing the mind and spirit helps with healing the body. They even employ paintings of trees and landscapes for this same purpose.In short, trees seem to make everything better and they look pretty, too!

In closing

It’s easy to see the benefits trees provide on a micro and macro scale. Many people take for granted the positive role these quiet green giants play in providing a healthy ecosystem that has allowed man to evolve and develop over last 100,000 years. The study of arboriculture and the impacts of conservation are crucial to the future generations that will inhabit this beautiful world we live in. In the upcoming posts, we will be diving in more into the positive roles arborists play in maintaining and promoting the health of the trees in our country, our cities, our communities and our backyards.