TREE CARE TIPS
PROPERTY VALUE: Tree care protects home value and maximizes the return on investment. A study ranked the 100 to 200 percent recovery value of landscaping first among home improvements, according to Money magazine. Consistent maintenance and regular inspections that address tree health, safety and curb appeal may also increase property value. Clemson University research found that homes with "excellent" landscapes can expect a 6 to 7 percent higher sale price. Preventative tree care is also less costly than remedial treatments for fully developed problems.
PLANTING NEW TREES: The best time to plant trees and shrubs is during a dormant period. Schedule your new plantings before buds appear in early spring or after leaves drop in late autumn. Under cool conditions plants have a chance to establish roots before rain and warmer temperatures encourage top growth. Find out the characteristics of the species and choose a location with the size of the fully grown tree in mind. Consult an arborist beforehand for recommendations and post-planting care.
TREE FERTILIZING: Trees, like people, require essential nutrients to survive and function. In suburban landscapes, soil conditions vary greatly and are often compromised by inadequate nutrient supplies, compaction and insufficient room for roots. An arborist or local facility can test your soil for nutrient content to help determine the ideal quantity, type and location of a fertilizer. Fertilizing helps replenish nutrients that help trees and shrubs sustain good health throughout the year.
WATERING TREES: During the first few growing seasons, your newly planted tree is expending a lot of energy trying to establish its roots in the soil. Especially during the first few summers of your new tree's life, it will have a difficult time dealing with heat and drought. You can make this easier by providing water and covering the soil with wood-chip mulch. Deep watering can help speed the root establishment; this consists of keeping the soil moist to a depth that includes all roots.
PRUNING TREES: While many people hire professionals to prune their trees, you will be able to do this yourself by utilizing just a few expert tips. Pruning is a great way to keep trees looking healthy and attractive. Removing dead or misshapen branches can improve the look of your tree, while removing damaged branches is a must for safety. First, you need to consider how you are going to prune your tree and what reasons you have for pruning. Remember to keep in mind that over-pruning for aesthetic purposes can be damaging to your tree. If you cut sparingly and follow the below advice from the Forest Service, you can become a master pruner with a little work. The cuts you make and the branches you make them on are one of the most important parts of pruning. When cutting living branches it is important to make the cut far enough away from the tree so neither the branch collar nor the trunk of the tree are damaged by the cut.