7 Tree Care Tips

Maintain Your Plants like a Pro

When it comes to tree care, many homeowners think they can plant it and forget it. However, even though trees are made to survive outside, they could still use regular maintenance to thrive. Keep these professional tree care tips in mind the next time you’re doing yard work.

Professional Tree Care Tips

When it comes to trees, pros have the knowledge, skills, and proper tools to properly maintain plants. Here are some simple pro tips to keeping your trees trim and healthy.

  1. Regularly prune dead or diseased branches to help maintain tree health and shape. Don’t prune more than a third of the branches as this can stress the plant. If you’re unsure what needs cutting and how to do it, contact a pro.
  2. Every spring or fall, apply a fresh layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Be careful not to pile mulch against the tree trunk as this can lead to disease. Want to know which mulch is best? Contact a pro.
  3. Trees do better with long, infrequent watering schedules. Unless it’s a newly planted tree which requires more water for at least the first year, especially during the hotter months. You’ll know water is needed when there’s dry soil at least three inches deep. If you’re still unsure, ask a pro.
  4. Fertilize with a slow-release product specifically formulated for trees to help ensure necessary nutrients. Avoid excessive fertilization, which can harm the tree. Not sure what’s too much? A pro will know.
  5. Avoid soil compaction and adding organic matter to the mulch. Healthy soil supports healthy root growth.
  6. Regularly monitor trees for signs of disease or pest infestation. Some signs include discolored leaves, early leaf drop, and cankerous growths on the branches or trunk. Treat issues promptly to prevent further damage. Need treatment options? You know who to call (a pro).
  7. Help support young or weakened trees with specially designed stakes or braces. Use caution when mowing the lawn or trimming trees to help prevent damage. For more information on strengthening your tree, reach out to a pro.

While some of these tips seem easy enough for any homeowner to accomplish, there’s always a risk to the plant and yourself if you don’t have the proper tools or knowledge. One of the best ways to protect all living things involved is to contact a professional for assistant.

Call Elite Tree Care for a Consultation

As a family-owned and operated business, our team of professionals are ready to help you maintain the health of your plants so they don’t become a hazard to your family or property. As members of the International Society of Arboriculture, we’re PA Certified and Licensed Applicators who can provide expert care. We have the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to properly maintain the trees and shrubs in your yard. Call 610-935-2279 to discuss your needs and schedule a consultation.

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