We all want thriving, gorgeous and more importantly – healthy, trees to admire and keep us cool in our backyards – but keeping them that way requires a little bit of TLC and some know-how.
Investing some time in tree care now could potentially save you a lot of trouble and money down the track, after all, a well looked after tree is more likely to be a healthy tree, and a healthy tree is a much safer tree.
Here we give some pointers on the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to tree care and keeping your trees in great shape.
Tree Care Do’s
- Regular pruning only when required, using correct pruning techniques – for more detailed information on pruning, refer to our pruning guide here.
- Watering – only when required, i.e. in times of drought, heat waves, the summer season or when your tree is showing signs of water stress such as wilting.
- Mulch the area surrounding your tree. Mulch is like giving your tree a health tonic and has loads of benefits. It is critical that you use correct mulching techniques – see our blogs about mulching for more information here.
- Check for signs of pests and disease and treat as soon as possible using appropriate methods, preferably as advised by an Arborist.
- Plant native trees endemic to your local area where possible as these species have evolved to thrive in this climate.
- Protect your trees when doing any construction or renovations. If you’re unsure, ask your local Arborist for their professional advice.
- Make sure you hire a qualified Arborist to carry out any tree work – don’t just hire anyone for the job – be sure to check their credentials.
Tree Care Don’ts
- Over pruning. Do not attempt to prune your tree if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing as it can adversely impact your tree and weaken its structural integrity.
- Over watering. This can result in root rot, pest and disease and destabilise the root plate of the tree.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals unless okayed by an Arborist to treat a specific problem.
- Don’t apply mulch immediately around the base of the trunk or pile it up too high.
- Don’t hire just anyone to work on your trees. It is critical that any work carried out is done by a qualified, professional Arborist for optimum tree health and safety.
- Don’t prune the roots or heavily compact the soil surrounding the tree.
- Don’t DIY unless you know exactly what you’re doing, and have the right tools, equipment and safety gear for the job. Tree work can be very difficult and dangerous even for the professionals.
For Optimum Tree Health
The best way to ensure your tree’s health and longevity and avoid making mistakes is to hire a professional, qualified arborist who knows exactly what they are doing and why.
Aussie Tree Solutions are your local team of Brisbane Arborists backed with over 40 years’ experience. We provide a full range of tree care services including tree pruning, tree removals, stump grinding and Consulting Arborist Services. Call us for a free quote on a professional tree care service on (07) 3351 1722 today.