If you love gardening and planting trees in particular, then it is important that you know how to take care of your trees so they grow well. After all, if you don’t care for your trees, then they will most likely fail to grow properly or even grow at all. So, in this article, we will cover a few tree care tips that you will be able to put into action.
Firstly, good tree care starts with choosing the right tree and planting it in the best place possible. Trees typically last a lifetime and even many lifetimes, so you should spend some time deciding what type of tree you want and where you want it to grow. It is essential that you don’t plant trees that will grow to be very large, under utility lines. This will lead to them becoming mutilated and even cut down as they grow. You should think about the purpose of the tree before you plant it, such as whether it’s for privacy, aesthetics, shade, windbreak etc. This will help you to decide on the type of tree to buy and where to place it.
Once you have planted your tree, the next step is to start taking care of it. This means that you need to use mulch, especially if the tree has been just planted. Mulching has many benefits which include insulating the soil from heat and cold which protects the roots, helps the soil to retain water so that the roots are kept moist, keeps weeds at bay, prevents soil compaction and reduces the damage that can be caused by a lawnmower. In order to mulch your tree, you should clear the area around the base of your tree and this should be about a 3 – 10-foot area around the tree. Then, you pour 2 – 4 inches of natural mulch around the tree, but make sure that it doesn’t touch the trunk of the tree.
Next, you need to properly water your tree. The amount of water that your tree will need, would depend on the type of tree as well as the weather and soil conditions. If you have just planted a tree, you should water it immediately. Also, when a tree has now been planted, it spends a lot of energy trying to establish its roots. You will need to properly water the tree, especially within the first two years of its life, since it is much more vulnerable than older trees. It is important to note that not watering enough is bad, but watering a tree too much is just as bad.
Lastly, the final tip is that you need to prune your trees so that they grow properly and you get rid of any dead branches and leaves. Pruning can also help you to direct the growth of your tree so that it grows the way you want it to.
In closing, we have just looked a some of the best tree care tips for you to consider. Be sure to keep them in mind and I’m sure your trees will thrive.