There are so many things to love about trees, they give us fresher air, keep us cooler with their shade, and make our home look even more beautiful.
Watering, pruning, and mulching our trees aren’t enough to keep them healthy. We have to protect them too. However, sometimes, we are hurting our trees unknowingly – leading to deterioration in the health of the tree, slow growth, or early tree death.
To be able to take care of our trees properly, we should be aware of the factors that could affect them in a negative way and avoid these factors at all costs.
One of the most common factors that cause significant damage to trees is overwatering. Sometimes we love our trees so much that we want to ensure that they are well-watered every day. Unfortunately, this could prove to be a costly mistake because most grown trees only need to be watered once a week. Watering more frequently than this can cause the roots to rot and the tree to die.
Overmulching is also another thing tree owners should avoid. Applying mulch to the ground around the tree will definitely keep the soil moist, which is good for the tree. But when you put too much mulch, it can hinder the soil to breathe and can cause excessive moisture retention which would lead to rotting roots.
DIY tree pruning is another thing that could harm trees. Arborists are there for a reason – their expertise and skill in handling trees. If you’re not particularly skilled in tree pruning, trimming, lopping, topping, or cutting, don’t do it. Improper tree maintenance can lead to accidental tree wounds that can result in various tree diseases. Hire a licensed arborist to maintain your tree.
If you plant other trees or plants too near to a young tree, it could lead to competition for water and other nutrients. Tree competition can cause your tree to die suddenly. Make sure that there is always enough space between your trees and plants when you plant them.