How To Keep Trees Healthy

How To Keep Trees Healthy

10 Ways to Keep Trees Healthy

Trees are among the most precious and hardworking elements of our environment. They provide shade to our houses and neighborhoods, lowering our energy bills. They add value to homes, prevent pollution and soil erosion, and give animal habitat. Not to mention the beauty and tranquility they provide to our daily life. It’s easy to forget that trees require our attention to grow since they are such a quiet, serene element of the backdrop. Tree upkeep is critical to their long-term development and health. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for maintaining the health of your trees:

10 Ways To Keep Trees Healthy

1. Choose the proper tree to plant.

This is the first and most crucial step in ensuring that any tree will provide you with years of delight. Choose a species that is well suited to your environment as well as the soil, light, and space conditions at the planting location.

2. Keep Tree Roots Safe.

Healthy roots are necessary for healthy trees, thus it’s also important to have healthy soil. Because oxygen is required for nutrition absorption by tree roots, good soil contains air space. Compacted soil is one of the most serious hazards to tree roots because it prevents water and oxygen from reaching the root zone.

Concentrate on securing the roots and soil within your tree’s essential root zone. The tree’s drip line, an imaginary circle drawn on the ground in line with where the tree’s branches reach, defines the CRZ. Tree roots grow much beyond the drip line, and roots below the earth are not symmetrical with branches above ground. The roots within the CRZ, on the other hand, are the most vulnerable to disturbance. This implies you shouldn’t compact dirt or modify the soil’s grade within your tree’s CRZ. This can cause substantial harm to the roots and soil structure, resulting in a decline in the health of your tree over time.

3. Make Use of Water

Mature, well-established trees will most likely flourish in their current soil and moisture circumstances. Depending on the species, soil conditions, and local climate, a protracted drought can still kill them. This is why it’s critical to maintain your trees’ general health so that they’ll be more robust when a severe drought strikes.

Unless your trees were freshly established, they don’t require any additional watering throughout the dormant winter season. A tree has to be irrigated during the hot summer months or when there is a drought. The ideal watering regimen for trees is infrequent, thorough watering. Instead of spraying them frequently, give them a nice soak every now and again. With the proviso that droughts are when we should be preserving potable water rather than utilizing a valuable resource to make our landscape lush, I encourage this. To give your tree the best chance of surviving a drought, keep it healthy with rich soil.

4. Proper Pruning

Pruning trees during the dormant winter season is an excellent way to get them ready for fresh growth in the spring. Examine your tree’s general structure to determine which branches should be removed. It’s a good idea to employ a professional who can teach you correct pruning techniques or just perform the pruning for you if you have a black thumb or are new to pruning. Here are some general guidelines:


Branches crossing each other. A wound in the bark can be caused by branches crossing and rubbing against one another. In general, remove the smaller-diameter branch to promote the larger, more robust branch to develop. Trees with several stems can also be trimmed to open up and thin out their shape.


Branches that are dead or broken. To allow the tree to self-heal, remove them with a clean cut. Leaving dead or broken branches on a tree can cause rough breaches in the bark, allowing moisture and organisms to enter and destroy the tree.


Branches that are low. You may “limb up” your tree as needed to eliminate low branches. Removing low branches is mostly for aesthetic reasons, as it allows more light to enter the region underneath your tree. Remove any low branches that are prone to harm, such as those that are close to a roadway and might be hit by a car.

5. Mulch on a regular basis.

Mulch at the base of your trees is essential (with the exception of trees in a woodland situation). Apply a layer of wood chips or shredded bark, pine needles, shredded autumn leaves, cocoa hulls, straw, or other biodegradable mulch of 1 to 4 inches thick. The mulch should begin an inch or two from the tree’s trunk and continue to the drip line or at least 3 feet away from the trunk’s base. Mulch will not only protect your tree from lawn equipment, but it will also control weeds and maintain soil moisture.

6. Keep the grass out of the road.

Grass growing up against the trunk competes for oxygen, water, and nutrients with the tree (and usually wins the competition). When grass is allowed to grow right up to the trunks of young trees, they often do not develop properly. Instead, keep a grass-free, mulched space around the trunk for optimal benefits.

7. Fertilize the soil.

Natural plant materials feed the soil around trees in the forest. However, we rake and remove all of the natural nutrients in our yards, such as leaves and grass clippings. Fertilizer is the answer to this dilemma. To release nutrients into the soil, use a slow-release fertilizer on a regular basis. Test your soil on a regular basis to discover if any nutrients are missing or in low supply.

8. Keep the trunk safe.

Lawn mowers crashing into trees or weed eaters whipping the trunks harm the bark and trunk, weakening the tree physically and encouraging insects and disease. Young trees are especially vulnerable, but plastic wraps available at nurseries and garden stores can help protect them. Maintain a 2- to 3-foot wide grass-free, mulched ring around the tree, if possible.

9. Keep pests at bay.

Japanese beetles, adelgids, and caterpillars are insect pests that can severely harm or weaken trees.

10. Schedule regular checks.

Do you need to make an appointment for your yearly physical? Make a time for your tree as well! Early detection of pests or illnesses may make a huge impact. TRG Tree Services looks for red signals such as discolored leaves, cankers, holes, and more, and then devises a strategy for assisting.

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