There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the branches of a tree dancing in the wind. Trees provide us with shade, and they add value to any property. A lawn with mature trees will increase the cost of a home around 10 percent more than one that lacks foliage. Did you know that a mature tree with ample amounts of shade can help cut your utility bills? Not only do they protect the sun from beating down on the home, but they guard against the wind too. They can be a sound barrier that absorbs noise from busy streets, and these green giants can capture air pollution to make your yard safer.
No playground would be complete without ample greenery scattered throughout. When you take photos in the great outdoors, most likely it will include a tree or two. Children adore these natural giants. What child doesn’t love to climb as high as they can among the branches? As your trees increase in age and size, they need care from time to time. Why wouldn’t you want to preserve these magnificent gifts from nature? From a flowering cherry to a majestic maple, here are some tips for caring for the trees throughout your lawn.
Water When Necessary to Avoid Stress
In most instances, you won’t need to water your trees. They can sustain themselves by living from rainfall. However, if you live in areas where rainfall is not plentiful, or there has been drought-like conditions, then watering is advisable. Watering during a dry growing season is advantageous. A tree that doesn’t have ample hydration will go into stress.
Signs of stress include peeling and dry bark, lackluster and brittle leaves, and broken branches. You want the roots to absorb the water, so make sure you water it slowly. It may take 20 minutes or more for the water to be distributed throughout the entire span of the roots. If you cannot reach the tree with a hose, then use several buckets of water dumped strategically around the circular base.
Keep Everything Away from The Roots
If you have massive trees in your yard, then it may be hard to avoid the roots. The soil around the roots should never be packed down, which means you need to keep the children and their toys away from these lifelines. Never park a car or pile heavy things near the roots because it can damage the nutritional intake of the plant.
The roots are responsible for transferring nutrients from the soil to the plant’s vascular system, which is vital for life. If you mess with this system, it can cause the tree to become deficient, and after years of abuse, the tree can die. Though these roots can be overwhelming to work around, remember it’s helping to keep your tree looking spectacular.
Keep Ropes Off the Branches
You may be tempted to hang bird feeders, hammocks and tire swings from a mature tree. However, these items will irritate the bark and cause it to break away. The bark is protecting the vital tissues of the tree and hanging things can cause rope scars. If you must hang something on a sturdy branch, then use a screw and eye bolt rather than ropes. It does far less damage and will preserve the bark.
Shelter the Bark
The bark of the tree is outstanding, but depending on the type of tree, the bark can be quite delicate. Underneath this protective layer is water vessels that are vital to the life of the tree. Also, when there is a growing issue, or the plant is attacked from outside invaders, it almost always starts right under the bark. You can tell a lot about a tree’s health by examining the outside. Make sure to keep weed eaters and lawnmowers as far away as possible. These machines can throw rocks into the bark, and they can cause devastating damage.
Spread A Protective Layer of Mulch
Mulch can help to insulate the soil around the tree, which is where the tree gets its nutrients from. Mulch not only discourages foot traffic, but it improves the quality of the soil during decay. Always use mulch made from wood and not plastic particles. It should be about four inches deep all around the base. Make sure there is no mulch against the bark, which can cause rot and disease.
Prune Once Per Year
Not all trees need pruning. However, if you have one that seems to be overgrown and is invading space, then make sure to prune outside of the growing season. Doing any pruning during the growing season can stunt its growth. You will find that cutting back a little on the pear tree will make your foliage and crop better the following year.
Have An Inspection From An Arborist
Your landscape is an investment of time and money. You want your trees to make a statement and add all the benefits of shade and protection. It’s worth the cost to have your trees inspected by Aussie Tree Care. We can quickly identify any issues and help to correct them before they become detrimental to the vitality of the plant. Trees can get a disease, but there are steps you can do to overcome these issues. The key is to catch any sickness early to prevent long term effects.
With more than 60,000 species, trees are just one example of the beautiful gifts that Mother Nature provides. Whether you have gum trees, Melaleuca, or Kangaroo Paw in your lawn doesn’t matter. All trees need some extra attention and an inspection from time to time.