Protect Your Property's Trees With These 4 Care Tips

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Having trees on your property not only adds beauty to your landscape, but it can also offer added noise protection and privacy. And fortunately, most trees are relatively low-maintenance. Still, there are some basic care tips you should follow to keep the trees on your property as healthy as possible. A little care can go a long way in protecting your trees from needing removal.

Take Time for Pruning

Over time, even healthy trees will end up with dead or dying branches. Look for signs of dying branches, such as browning leaves and sagging. Pruning these affected branches back will protect the health of your tree and encourage new, healthy growth to form. Just be careful not to over-prune (known in the tree world as "dead-heading") because this can actually cause harm and make your tree more prone to disease.

Spread Mulch Around Trunk

Grass growing around a tree can deplete your tree's nutrients, so it's best to add an organic mulch around the base of the tree. This will not only kill off the grass, but it will also help your tree soak up more water and nutrients from the soil underneath. As an added bonus, it makes your landscaping look great!

Look For Signs of Disease

Disease can take over quickly and kill off a tree, but specific signs and types of diseases can vary depending on the tree species. In general, you should be on the lookout for common signs of disease, such as rapid discoloration of large areas of tree bark. A tree that suddenly loses a large number of branches may also be a sign of disease that needs to be addressed quickly in order to save the tree.

When in Doubt, Call an Arborist

If your tree shows any signs of disease or if you have questions/concerns about the health of one of your property's trees, your best bet is to call an arborist. These professionals can come out to assess the tree in question and to provide you with further guidance. Arborists can also assist with pruning, tree removal, stump removal, and treatment of common tree diseases.

A little knowledge about the trees on your property can go a long way toward keeping them healthy and protected. Always be on the lookout for signs of disease, and take time to prune back branches at least once a year. From there, you can keep your property looking beautiful as ever.

For more information, contact an arborist.

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