Ensuring the health of your trees makes sense for a number of reasons. Thriving, mature trees aren’t only pleasing to the eye – they add value to your property, provide shade in the heat of summer, and provide a home for a multitude of wildlife. Not to mention they provide oxygen and help clean the air. It’s common to take trees for granted, and not think too much about what might need to be done to keep them healthy, however trees can get sick, and in the event of a severe weather event such as a storm or strong winds, a sick tree can become hazardous to your family and property.
Some simple steps will help ensure your trees are strong and resilient, and more likely to stand up to the toughest of conditions. Here are our top tips for keeping your trees healthy throughout the seasons.
1. Pruning And Removal Of Deadwood
Pruning trees and removing deadwood is one of the most important things you can do to maintain their health and condition. This is done for a number of reasons. When done correctly, pruning can help to:
- Encourage growth
- Improve the tree’s structure and integrity
- Save a sick or dying tree
- Stimulate or manage fruit and flower production
- Increase the amount of sunlight to the tree
- Repel pests and disease
It’s important to note that pruning isn’t as easy as it may sound and needs to be done properly or it can have the opposite effect and end up harming the tree, or worse, you!
If you don’t have the proper expertise, tools and equipment, it’s probably a good idea to leave it the professionals and give your local Brisbane Arborist a call.
Mulching is one the best and easiest things you can do for your trees.
Mulch allows soil to better retain moisture, it helps prevent weeds, it regulates the temperature of the soil and adds to the nutrient content as well as helping to keep pests and disease away. Not to mention it just looks really great!
3. Soil Quality And Care
Good soil quality is one of the keys to your tree’s health. You can check the nutrient levels of the soil by picking up a test kit at your local hardware store and assessing whether there’s anything you should be adding to the soil to give your tree the nutrients it needs. It’s also vital not to compact the soil immediately surrounding a tree as the tree can basically suffocate through lack of oxygen.
4. Proper Watering
It’s easy to neglect your trees and forget to water them, but it’s essential they get enough water to really thrive, especially if you live in an area with dry conditions. It’s best to water in the early morning or late afternoon so that water doesn’t evaporate and not get a chance to be absorbed into the soil.
5. Pest And Disease Control
Keeping pests and disease at bay is critical to your tree’s health. You can do this by having deadwood removed, having necessary sprays applied for certain types of pests and simply by keeping the tree healthy. If you suspect a tree in your yard may be infested, it’s best to have a professional assess the tree, identify the particular type of pest and treat it accordingly.
6. Know Your Trees
It helps to know what type of tree you have so that you can maintain it accordingly. Some trees are more drought-resistant than others whilst others may require lots of watering to thrive. Some are more susceptible to certain types of pests and may require specific treatment. If in doubt, do a little research or you can always have your local Brisbane Arborist take a look and let you know what species your tree is, assess it’s overall health and give you the best advice to take care of it.
Take the stress out of looking after your trees and call the leading arborists Brisbane locals trust – Aussie Tree Solutions. Providing professional tree care for over 35 years, Aussie Tree Solutions are your qualified team of experts you can trust with all of your tree care needs from pruning and mulch to full tree removals.
Call us on (07) 3351 1722 for an obligation-free tree care and maintenance quote today.