If you have trees on your property or would like to plant them, careful tree maintenance is vital for both the health of the tree and the safety of those around it. A poorly maintained tree may fall, drop branches, or interfere with structures and equipment around it.
To keep this from happening, follow these tips for tree maintenance and care:
1. Use Mulch
Mulch around the base of a tree serves several purposes. It keeps moisture in and weeds out, ensuring the tree gets the water and nutrients it needs. Mulch also acts as insulation against extreme weather. Spread mulch generously around the base of each tree on your property.
2. Water Correctly
For most trees, the right amount of water is crucial, especially during the early years of the plant's life. You should water the soil until it's moist but not soggy, and allow the ground to dry between waterings for the best oxygen penetration.
3. Prune Judiciously
Pruning is best done in the summer or winter — not in fall when fungus is most prolific. Keep an eye out for branches which droop under the weight of leaves or show other signs of defects.
4. Train Over Time
You should plan to prune your tree each year to guide its growth and keep it attractive and healthy. In most cases, your tree should have one central, vertical trunk, and branches should be chosen which grow in desirable directions.
5. Learn to Identify Disease
Keep an eye on your tree throughout the year, and note anything worrying or unusual about its condition. Watch for branches which look unhealthy compared to the rest of the tree, fungal growth, and signs of boring insects in the trunk. If you aren't sure whether something is a problem, call an arborist for a second opinion.
Tidwell's Tree Service provides tree maintenance and removal throughout Milledgeville and Macon, GA. With over 30 years of experience, this expert tree service will help you keep your trees and property at their best. To schedule a visit for stump grinding, tree hauling, or trimming, call (478) 452-0234 or send a message online.