Imagine a world without trees.
Well… What did you come up with? The image in your mind should have been NOTHING!
We need trees to help us breathe in good air. There is no world without trees. We are keen tree surgeons in London but only because we love and respect trees. Yes, we cut them down, but only for the good of mankind. Trees exist for the good of us!
What can we do to help our green friends out then? Loads of us have trees but we just let them sit idly in our background.
Trees deserve some good old fashioned TLC too.
Let’s go through a list of things you can do to take care of your tree, maintain it’s health and avoid costly tree surgeon works.
A great point made by the website Houzz in their keeping trees healthy article is that you can prepare the tree and soil before you even plant it. Understand the kind of tree you are planting and its requirements to thrive. This would mean knowing the best kind of soil to plant your tree in (or you might look at your soil first then decide which tree is best according to your soil). Other factors you can look at include things like moisture conditions, whether the average amount of rainfall you collect in your area will sustain the tree’s life (and if not, organising some sort of watering schedule). If you are going full DIY with your tree planting, feel free to speak to us, another professional arborist or consult the web to decide the best course of action for your tree and soil.
1. Short term and long term
There are both short term and long term methods of care you can afford your trees. The Woodland Trust wrote an informative article on caring for trees (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/caring/) and some cool concepts on some short and long term strategies.
– Water your tree. Usually your tree will only need your help if there has been a severe lack of rain. In this country they are mostly fine other than our rare hot streaks (of which there seemed to be a few this year. Global warming approaches!).
– Do your weeding. Go for the Spring time for 2-3 years after planting at least. To avoid more weeds in the future you can mulch the ground and even lay down material like carpet round the base of the tree.
– Use tree guards to fend off pests and diseases. Remove the guard once the tree reaches a height over 3m. Remove all grass that grows within the guard. Great tips from these guys!
– Prune your trees. This is a good precaution to keep your trees growing straight up rather than out.
– Thin your tree spread. What they mean by this is to fell trees if they are too close together as there are less and less resources for the trees to compete for. Generally, you won’t have to look at this until a decade has passed since you planted the tree. You would look to fell trees if your tree spread is thick and plentiful. Perhaps fell them to the point of looking good in terms of spacing. As long as the trees are not right next to each other, there will generally be enough space for them.
As you can see, the short term care is much easier to be carried out by you. The long term techniques are also relatively easy if you know how to prune and thin trees. All good suggestions and we like breaking down the care into short and long term.
Another thing you can do for both the short and long term is to keep your tree clear of other plants and weeds. The more plants and weeds you have in and around your tree will mean more competition for your tree with getting nutrients out of the soil. De-weeding is something always worth doing – and it’s easy! Just pull up anything within a few metres of your tree and you will indefinitely help it to grow.
That’s it for now on the things you can do to help your tree’s health. Caring for your tree is important for the health and longevity of it. The healthier your tree is, the less you are going to have to call arborists like us to fix it for you. This obviously wastes your time and money. So follow these easy tips to avoid the major pitfalls when caring for your tree!