Essential Tree Care Tips

Tip 1: How To Plant New Trees

The best time for planing shrubs and trees is during their dormant periods. Your new plantings should be scheduled for early spring before buds appear or in late fall after leaves drop. When conditions are cooler it gives plants the opportunity to establish roots before top growth is encouraged by warmer temperatures and rain. Determine what the characteristics are for your particular species, and then select a location based on how large the fully grown tree will be. Consult with an arborist ahead of time for post planting care and other recommendations.

Tip 2: How To Shape Shrubbery

The ideal time for pruning shrubs is from late spring through late summer. However the best time is whenever the start looking untidy. The exception to this is flowering shrubs. They should be pruned right after they bloom, but before the buds have set. Shrubs should only be pruned when there’s a definite reason for doing so. Remove dead wood, reduce any leggy, tall stems and thin the oldest branches out. To create a sculptured form or hedge, shear the shrubs. However, not if you prefer having a natural look, since denser branch tip growth can be caused by shearing.

Tip 3: Protect and Increase Your Property Value

Caring for your trees helps to protect the value of your home and maximize your return on investment. According to a study conducted by Money Magazine, landscaping ranked first in home improvements and at a 100-200% recovery value. Consistent maintenance and regular inspections addressing curb appeal, safety and tree health can also increase property value. A Clemson University study found that houses with excellent landscapes could expect to receive a 6-7% higher sales price. It is also less expensive to perform preventative tree care than it is to do remedial treatments for serious problems.


Tip 4: Go Green

One of the most difficult aspects of lawn and tree care can be finding the right balance between your desired results and environmental sensibility. Be sure you know what kind of materials are being used on your property currently as well as how they are being applied. When traditional materials are applied using a blanket approach it isn’t anywhere near as eco-friendly as hybrid or 100% organic services which target specific problems on an as needed basis. Ask about the effectiveness and availability of green alternatives in order to discover the best fit for what your preferences are.

Tip 5: Clear the Dead Wood

Although tree removal should always be a last resort, sometimes it is the only option. You should hire a professional Adelaide tree lopping company to remove dead/damaged branches and sometimes the entire tree could need to be removed.

Tip 5: Construction Protection

Early planning is critical for protecting feature trees from fatal or permanent construction injuries. Fencing should be used to prevent equipment from compacting soil, wounding trunks, tearing bark and breaking branches. Ideally, for every inch of a trunk’s diameter one foot worth of space should be allowed from the trunk. In order to preserve root system stability and health, utilities should be routed as far away from your trees as you can. Also air spade underneath root zones instead of digging across them. Be sure that to identify critical roots so that they don’t get severed when any trenching is being done.

Tip 6. Fertilizing

Like people, trees need essential nutrients to function and survive. Soil conditions can vary greatly in suburban landscapes, and frequently compromised by not enough room for roots, compaction and inadequate nutrient supplies. You can have your soil tested by a local facility or arborists for nutrient content to assist you with determining what type, how much and where fertilizer should be applied as needed. Fertilizer helps with replenishing nutrients that help shrubs and trees with sustaining good health all year long.