Part of the joy of living in New England is enjoying the big beautiful trees that are all around us. Fall is an especially momentous time when we get to watch the “show” of changing colors on Sugar Maples, Red Maples, Oaks, Dogwoods, and other native trees to the Massachusetts area. Keeping trees healthy all year is an important part of being able to enjoy these moments.
Not only can trees offer a colorful bonanza every fall, they can also provide shade and add value to your property. Today, we are talking about some fairly simple ways to keep your mature plantings around your yard healthy all year.
Seek an Arborist’s Advice
Many homeowners don’t truly understand what trees they have on their property and what type of care each species needs. That’s why it’s a good idea to seek the advice of a certified arborist.
Arborists can educate you exactly on what species of tree you have as well as how to care for it. This will help homeowners understand the signs of drought, pest infestation, root damage, or improper pruning.
Questions you may want to ask your arborists include:
- What are the different species of the trees in my yard?
- What special care do my trees need?
- How often should they be watered?
- When should I have the trees pruned?
- What are signs of a pest infestation?
- Should I use mulch around the trunk?
- Should I test the soil?
Protect the Roots
The roots of a tree are critical in absorbing and transporting water and minerals from the soil to the rest of the tree. If the roots are injured that crucial function could be delayed or stopped altogether, causing tree death.
Roots are in danger of being injured in a few different ways. For instance, avoid parking a car directly under a tree where the weight of the vehicle could cause soil compaction and stress on the roots. Additionally, lawn equipment such as weed whackers and lawn mowers can nick or scrape at roots causing damage.
Mature trees are usually good at getting the right amount of food and water for themselves. Younger trees will need some help within the first few months to years.
Ask your local arborist what amount of water is appropriate for your trees. The amount may be different depending upon the local climate changes each year. For instance, during drought years, you may need to monitor your watering to ensure that your trees are getting the proper amount.
Control Pests & Disease
Pests such as beetles, termites, carpenter ants, and other wood eating pests can destroy trees in short order.
Homeowners should take the time to learn about the types of pests that are common in their area as well as the warning signs to be aware of through the active season.
The Emerald Ash borer is one such pest that is common to our area and can kill large swaths of Ash trees in a single season.
As far as diseases go, homeowners will need to know the species of trees they have on their property in order to be proactive in preventing diseases from spreading. We suggest meeting with an arborist who can tell you what to look for both in terms of pests and diseases.
Pruning can enhance the strength and structure of any tree. Removing dead or damaged branches can help trees maintain their strength and shape. Pruning can also help remove overcrowded growth as well as avoid growth near power lines.
Talk to our team today about ways you can keep your trees healthy all year round.